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Spring 2017 High Roast Bai Rui Xiang Wuyi Oolong (50g)

Spring 2017 High Roast Bai Rui Xiang Wuyi Oolong (50g)

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This is the best example of a high roast Wuyicha that I have ever had direct from Wuyishan! This was provided by a family that produce tea right in the Wuyishan area and have done so for generations. I was put in touch with this family by a friend who met with them in person during her travels, and I decided to see what they had to offer. I am extremely impressed with this tea! 

In black clay (Yixing heini), there was pronounced huigan and the roast was very well balanced with the flavor of the tea, which is distinctly fruity with black tea and almond notes on the finish (which is something I consistently find in the best Wuyicha and traditionally processed tieguanyin). The fruitiness reminds me of dahongpao, but with a character that is specific to this varietal and the flavor is very distinctive. The flavor lasts a long time on the palate.

In early 80s pin zini (purple clay), the pot I have used for high roast oolongs since 2012, I noticed the sweetness and huigan were not as present, but I did get more mineral character. The lovely fruit flavor is still very present, of course, and the roast flavors are significantly reduced with this clay. 

This is a lovely example of a high roast Wuyicha done right in the Wuyishan region itself! This is a lovely tea with no flaws at all and character you would expect from a top quality Wuyicha. I am very happy to be working with this family and can't wait to try their other offerings, as well as their 2018 teas!

Brewing suggestion: Preheat your vessel with boiling water (of appropriate hardness). Fill your vessel to 50% capacity with settled dry leaf. Flash rinse with water off the boil. Reboil water and brew with full boil for each infusion. I like to start with 15 seconds or so, and increase infusions by about 15 seconds for each successive infusion. Go longer if you find the tea needs more time. 

Wholesale pricing on this tea may be available. Please contact me for more details!

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