2017 Baozhong Song of Spring oolong tea

Baozhong Song of Spring

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Oolong Tea

 

Baozhong (Song of Spring)

 

Appearance: strip-style, leafy, very green in color, easily visually mistaken for a green tea
Style/Shape: attractive, large, open-leaf style, long, bulky leaf
Plucking Style: hand-plucked
Oxidation: 12-18% oxidation
Roasting: un-roasted
Flavor: buttery, creamy, intoxicating floral taste
Aroma: fresh, sweet, exotic, orchid-like floral aroma
Liquor: jade-green with gold edges

 

 

Pinglin Tea Harvesting Area
Taipei County, Taiwan
Garden Elevation: 2,600 feet

2017 Spring Pluck
(early May)

 

The Spring pluck of Baozhong can begin towards the end of April, but this year (2017) it was early May before the leaf was ready to be harvested

 

 

Western-style steeping in a medium-large sized teapot 25-32 ounces:

Use 1 Tablespoon (2-3 grams) of tea per each 6 oz water
Rinse the tea in your teapot with a quick application of hot water
Immediately discard this liquid
Add additional hot water to start the 1st steeping
Re-steep 2-3 infusions at 2-3 minutes each
Water temperature should be 180°F-195°F

 

Asian-style steeping in a small teapot under 10 oz or a small gaiwan:

 

Use 2 Tablespoons (4-6 grams) of tea per each 6 oz water
Rinse the tea in your teapot with a quick application of hot water
Immediately discard this liquid
Add additional hot water to start the 1st steeping and steep 2 minutes
Re-steep 4-6 infusions (or more!) at 35 seconds to 1 minute each
Water temperature should be 180°F-195°F

 

NOTE:  Because it is so clean and fresh, and is un-roasted, you may find that this Baozhong does not need the quick rinse usually applied to an oolong.

Note:

 

While oolongs are traditionally ‘rinsed’ before being steeped, Baozhong and Bai Hao do not not require rinsing.

Most other oolongs, especially aged and roasted oolongs, are traditionally ‘rinsed’ before being steeped.
This is done with a quick application of hot water that is poured over the tea in the gaiwan or teapot and then immediately discarded.

The rinse water is not drunk – its purpose is to help the leaves begin to open during steeping.
Use  additional appropriately-heated water for the 1st steeping and subsequent re-steepings.

 

Note On  Steeping Oolong:

 

Oolongs exemplify the concept that some teas can be re-steeped multiple times and yield an incredible volume of drinkable tea. This practice works best when the leaf is steeped in a small vessel, but it also works reasonably using a large teapot. Please refer to our steeping instructions for details

Baozhong is one of Taiwan’s most delicious and refreshing teas. It is unique among Taiwan oolongs for its appearance as well as in its distinctive flavor and strong emphasis on rich, floral aroma.

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Baozhong is not a rolled tea as the majority of Tawian oolongs are – it is made with a minimum amount of rolling and can easily be mistaken for a leafy green tea.

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But Baozhong is more luxurious-tasting than most green teas and it has more  body, mouthfeel and ‘umph, ‘ too. It has a lovely translucent color in the cup and a sweet, fresh floral aroma. While Baozhong can be given a light or medium roast, this Baozhong is unroasted which allows it’s sweet floral nature to really come through in the cup. This tea, along with Fo Cha green tea from China and Shan Lin Xi gao shan from Taiwan, are three of Mary Lou’s favorite sweet, floral teas.

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However, despite its leafy appearance, Baozhong is most certainly fits the classification of oolong tea. During its manufacture the fresh leaf is withered first outdoors, then indoors (green tea is not withered) and minimally oxidized 12 -18% (green teas are not oxidized ), placing it in the lightly-oxidized end of the oolong oxidation spectrum  (which ranges from 12% to 80%). Slow, patient leaf processing is necessary for Baozhong so that the tea does not lose its fresh, pure, sweet taste.

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Large-leaf, sweet, juicy Baozhongs appeal to such a wide range of tea enthusiasts and we are thrilled to have  this delicious selection for our customers. We first tasted a truly impressive Baozhong when we visited its place of origin –  Wenshan District, Taipei County,Taiwan – and were immediately smitten by its charms. Baozhong is not easily found in the US, so if this is your first time tasting it you are in for a treat.

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This tea is from tea gardens on the hill overlooking the Fei-Tsei Dam, which supplies drinking water to Taipei City. This is a protected and un-spoiled watershed area.

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