Honey Fragrance // 2020
From Rueishuei, Ruisui Township, Southern Hualien County, East Coast, Taiwan.
Zero Waste Refill (in store collection only at present)
This tea is organically grown!
Tightly rolled leaves, dark brown in tone with golden tippy flecks. Similar in shape to rolled oolongs. The leaves have a milky sweet aroma, once brewed they give an orchid fragrance and honey sweetness, even a scent of brown sugar, very aromatic leaves. The tea soup is rich orange colour that has a thick, smooth mouthfeel and a bold honey sweetness with a great depth of flavour and little to no astringency. Excellently balanced.
The young leaves of these tea bushes benefit from being bitten by the Greenleaf Hopper bug, this results in the leaves developing the unique and highly prized sweet honey notes from which this tea takes its name. This is only possible through natural organic cultivation.
Organically grown at a 300m elevation. Hand picked in Spring '20 using a mixed cultivar of Jinxuan & Big Leaf Oolong varieties. After picking the leaves undergo processing at a 100% oxidisation level following traditional techniques producing very high quality small batch tea.
The tea garden is located in the Huadong valley area poised between the Central mountain range, Coastal mountain range and Wuhe Terrace. It is renowned for winning at multiple tea competitions year on year, for tea produced in this style. The east coast region of Taiwan overall is famous for the highest quality Honey Fragrance Black Teas.
Brew Guide Per Cup:
Tea - 1 teaspoon (3-5g)
Water - 85-90*c // 300ml
Brew time - 2-3 minutes
Reinfuse leaves up to 2-3 infusions, to personal taste
Brew Guide Gong fu Style For Gaiwan:
Tea - 5g
Water - 90*c // 100ml
Brew time - 1st infusion 30sec, 2nd infusion 45 sec, 3rd infusion 60sec, Increasing by 5-10 secs thereafter.
Reinfuse leaves up to 4-5 infusions.