This famous Oolong is one of the most popular teas in China. It is cultivated and manufactured in the Fujian Province. It is known for its calming effect. The loose leaves are rolled unequally. We can distinguish plenty of buds in this tea, as the lighter green leaves. This oolong is approximately 50% oxidized.

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The aroma is strong and pungent. It can be infused up to three or four times, till there is no more taste. It should be infused at a temperature of 80-85oC, for 3-4 minutes.

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In the first infusion, the high quality of this tea is confirmed: the liquid is very clear. Its color is light yellow. The smell takes place in the whole room: sweet peach. The taste reminds a garden of orchids. Sweet and round. Its light and mild aroma brings refreshment in the first sip, which remains till the aftertaste.

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In the second infusion, the taste gets slightly lighter. Drinking it brings me the feeling of walking around a flower field.

In the third infusion, the taste is not as sweet as the first and second infusions. As it gets less sweet, it gets more refreshing. There is some astringency in the aftertaste, tingling the tip of the tongue.

Delicious and highly recommended!

by Dani Lieuthier


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