A tightly-rolled, high-elevation Taiwanese Oolong, Spring Blossom yields up to 8 stunningly fruity, floral, full brews.
A hand-plucked oolong grown in the mountains of Taiway above 1,200m (+/-4,000ft.), Spring Blossom is an exceptional large-leaf cultivar. Lightly roasted and tightly rolled, this is a top-tier selection.
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, up to 8 full brews can be expected. Enjoy the wonderful flavor and notice that it lingers for a few minutes after the brew has been swallowed.
High Elevation Taiwanese Oolong Tea.
- Scoop a heaping teaspoon of leaves into your infuser.
- Heat water to 195° (just before boiling).
- Pour 8 oz. of water over tea leaves.
- Steep tea for 3-5 minutes (depending on taste preference).
Fill the pot 1/5 full of dry leaf, add 195° 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 teaspoonful of leaf per 8 oz. of water and place it in your pot, then add the appropriate amount of 195° water and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove the infuser and serve! Can be steeped multiple times.
Our opinion is that, as with our other supreme quality loose teas, we do not recommend serving over ice.