Queen's China Oolong
There is no doubt this is one of the best Oolongs in the world, every sip packed with flavour, why not indulge yourself with the tastes and aromas befitting of an Empress.
While most people associate Imperial China with its long succession of Emperors, Empress Dowager Longyu, lived from 1868 to 1913 and her favourite tea was known to be a Dan Chong grade Oolong.
This Dowager prized Dan Cong is grown and manufactured exclusively in Guangdong Province, for its ability to naturally imitate the fragrances and flavours of the various fruits and flowers that grow near the tea gardens. Longyu's favourite was Queen's China Oolong. This remarkable tea boasts clean, delicate notes of orchid – 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 colour, strength and flavour.)
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 flavour profiles.
A great thing about Oolong is that the shorter firing captures more of the floral and fruity the character. Longer firing produces teas with a richer, amber cup and bakery notes.
Many Dan Cong varieties are noted for their various characters - orange blossom, almond, ginger, etc
From the first sip, it becomes abundantly clear why this tea was a royal favourite. Perfectly proportionate with zingy lingering floral notes. Words really do fall short attempting to describe this tea, why not treat yourself or a friend to this sublime tea and leave a review with your taste notes.
Ingredients: Oolong tea
Region: Guangdong Province
Caffeine Guide: Low
Growing Altitudes: 1000 – 2500 feet above sea level
Antioxidant Content: High
Grade: Dan Chong Xiang Xue
Infusion Colour: Tending light amber
Process: Semi-fermented, Traditional process, small
Taste: Bright orchid-like flavour batch crafted and formed, Hand sorted.
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This one is as described, very nice and refreshing, unusual but probably because it's the first time I've tried an Oolong tea! I drank it without adding anything and enjoyed it. I feel that it's hard to describe without giving it a try. (I got this as part of the Specialty tea taster pack)