Our Spring Blossom Oolong is an exceptional, top-tier selection—a large-leaf cultivar hand-plucked and grown at high elevations. Lightly roasted and tightly rolled, Spring Blossom yields up to eight stunningly fruity, floral, full brews. In Taiwan, this teas is known as Gui Fei, or Honey Oolong.
Our 2014 Spring Blossom tea is from the Chin Shin (Green Heart) variety. Most importantly, the Tea Jassid leaf hoppers must be allowed to feed on the tea plants in order for the leaves to produce the fascinatingly fruity brew. Their attack on the plants causes a protective internal chemical reaction; an attempt by the plant to repel the bugs. Spring Blossom's nuggets appear almost oily because of the tightness of the rolling they've undergone and more stems are visible in this year's pluck - yet another sign of the care taken in production. This quality ensures that, when brewing gong-fu style, several steeps can be expected (up to eight).
High-Elevation Taiwanese Oolong.
8 oz Cup
- Scoop a heaping teaspoon of tea into infuser.
- Heat water to 195° F (before boiling).
- Pour 8 oz. of water over tea leaves.
- Steep tea for 3-5 minutes (depending on taste preference).
- Remove infuser and enjoy tea. Can be steeped multiple times.
Fill the pot 1/5 full of dry leaf, add 195° F water and allow to stand for 60 seconds before decanting and drinking. The second brew should steep for 20 seconds, the third for 45 seconds, the fourth for 1 minute 20 seconds, and the fifth for 2 minutes 20 seconds, etc. Please note that, as flavor particulates sink, decanting into a pouring pitcher and from there to cups seems to work best. Alternatively, cups can be partially filled, then topped off in reverse order, so flavor in each cup will be approximately the same.
Simply add to your infuser one heaping teaspoon of leaf per 8 oz. of water and place it in your pot, then add the appropriate amount of 195° F water and let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the infuser and enjoy. Can be steeped multiple times.
Brewing Iced Tea
Our opinion is that, as with our other supreme quality loose teas, we do not recommend serving over ice.