Da Yu Ling High Mountain Oolong Tea
Flavor: Flowery, fragrant herbal tones. Full, balanced, fresh floral/green flavor. Lingering, aromatic finish. This Da Yu Ling Oolong ranks definitively within the category of Taiwan's finest High Mountain Oolong.
Garden: This is a newly developed farm in Taiwan's prime tea growing region. The tea plants are just coming of age at 5 years of growth out of virgin forest soil in an environment that is ideal for High Mountain Oolong cultivation.
The highest elevation tea growing regions are where the epitome of this type of tea is produced.The ideal climate conditions offered by this elevation range combined with the methods of tea cultivation that have been developed are considered to be the main factors that have gained this category of tea its fame.
The place names of Li Shan and Da Yu Ling are unsurpassed for prime Taiwan High Mountain Oolong, and we feel privileged to be able to share this tea, which has become recognised as some of the best in the world.
Harvest: Hand picked in small batches. October 2013.
This most exclusive High Mountain Oolong produced in Taiwan is renowned for its fragrant aroma and lingering aftertaste. Its unique character is comprised of a freshness and complexity of fragrance and a substantial flavor have captivated tea lovers around the globe.
The subtleties of aroma are derived from newly grown leaves of the Green Heart Oolong (清心烏龍) cultivar grown at an elevation that provides optimal climate conditions for this plant. The slower growth at high elevation provides substance to the tender new growth which in turn gives premium Taiwan High Mountain tea its claim to fame. It is in a class of its own due its smooth, clean - yet complex flavor followed by a heady lingering aftertaste.
The Story Of This Tea
This Da Yu Ling Oolong ranks definitively within the category of Taiwan's finest High Mountain Oolong.
This batch of tea was procured through a friend whom we've known for almost 20 years. He grew up on a tea farm in Lu Gu and is now a professional tea judge and specialty tea merchant. Over the last several years, we have gained particular respect for his discernment of quality tea and unique tenacity in sourcing it. He has been a valuable teacher in this respect, sharing his knowledge and experience - as well as his tea with us.
He reserves batches of tea and has them specially processed as per his request from farmers he chooses carefully and with whom he builds working relationships. Without this kind of history of connections in the local industry, it is quite difficult to source this level of exclusive quality. Being a consistent customer with discriminating taste, the farmer contacts him on a given day when weather conditions are favorable for harvesting. He then gives the go-ahead to purchase the day's harvest if it is processed to his specifications. These requirements are mainly in relation to the amount of oxidation that the leaves undergo, and other detailed guidelines that will produce the character of tea that he seeks. The producer and the buyer share their tea making experience and mutually agree on the methods to be employed.
In this way, the buyer is not dependent on what is produced in a given season without actively participating in the production. That would require shopping around with less reliable sources that lack the reliability of a working relationship. The buyer can refer to previous batches of tea that he has procured and fine tune the processing methods based on previous results. This is crucial when it comes to procuring the finest High Mountain Oolong Tea in the world. Virgin tea farms at the highest range of elevation that are cultivated by farmers who are sought after by other artisans with perhaps more experience in tea cultivation brings the quality of production to a premium. This is the cutting edge of the High Mountain Oolong Tea industry and the circumstance in which this tea was procured.
Single Mug Brew:
Put 4-5 grams of tea leaves in a 16 ounce mug, fill with boiling temperature water and let steep for 3-4 minutes before drinking. After about half of the tea is drunk, refill with boiling temperature water and let sit for 2 minutes and continue to enjoy. This tea can be brewed further by simply adding water as you continue to drink it. Adjust amount of tea leaves used to personal preference.
You may find that you will get the most out of this premium tea by using the gong fu method of brewing. However, if you are a fan of cold brew, this will likely give you some of the best results of any tea you can find! Add 5-6 grams of tea per liter of water and let brew at room temperature for 3 hours or refrigerate overnight to enjoy the next day.
Gong Fu Brew:
Fill a Gong Fu teapot to 1/6 or less capacity with tea leaves and follow the standard Gong Fu brewing method.