Queens China Oolong
$15.00 – $61.05
Country of Origin: China
Region: Guangdong Province
Grade: Dan Chong Xiang Xue
Altitude: 300m above sea level
Manufacture Type: Traditional and orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Probably one of the best Oolongs in the world. This remarkable tea boasts clean, delicate notes of bright orchid- befitting the refined tastes of royalty – balanced astringency and a long clean finish. Do not add milk.
Infusion: Tending light amber with golden highlights
Ingredients: Premium China Oolong tea
Description: While most people associate Imperial China with its long succession of Emperors, the Queen, although she was known as Empress Dowager, also played a large role in the Forbidden City, the ancient seat of rule. In fact, it was such a woman that signed the abdication giving up Imperial rule in China on the 12th of February 1912.
Empress Xiao Ding Jing, better known at the time as Empress Dowager Longyu, lived from 1868 to 1913 and signed the “Act of Abdication of the Emperor of the Great
Qing” on behalf of the child emperor Puyi, an infant at the time.
A few short months later, Longyu died at age 44 and was heralded by China’s new Vice President as the “most excellent among women.”
Now, as you may have guessed, the reason we bring up Empress Dowager Longyu in this tea profile is for the fact that her favorite tea was known to be a Dan Chong grade Oolong, the variety we are offering here.
The Dowager prized Dan Cong , grown and manufactured exclusively in Guangdong Province, for its purported ability to naturally imitate the fragrances and flavors of the various fruits and flowers that grow near the tea gardens.
As such, many Dan Cong varieties are noted for their various characters – orange blossom, almond, ginger, etc.
Longyu’s favorite was very similar to Queen’s China Oolong. This remarkable tea boasts clean, delicate notes of orchid -befitting the refined tastes of royalty – balanced astringency and a long clean finish.
(Like all Oolong teas, Queen’s Oolong is semi-fermented, meaning it falls somewhere between green and black teas in terms of color, strength and flavor.) From the first sip, it becomes abundantly clear why this tea was a royal favorite.
How is Oolong made?
Producing Oolong is an intricate process that involves rolling freshly plucked leaf followed by a brief fermentation period.
Once the leaves have begun to turn brown, they are fired under high heat to capture the unique and highly intricate flavor profiles.
An interesting fact about Oolong is that the shorter firing the more floral and fruity the character. Longer firing produces teas with a richer, amber cup and bakey notes.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring filtered or fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Briefly infuse with boiled water, and then pour off. Re-infuse the tea and pour after about 1 minute or longer according to taste.
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher): (to make 1 litre): Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or fresh cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea.
Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some premium quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of quality and nothing to worry about.)
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