The Tao of Tea, Oolong Tea, Green Dragon, 3.5 oz (100 g)
- Artisan Quality
- Anxi 'Ben Shan' Varietal
- Brews 50 Cups
- Pure Leaf Teas
Anxi, Fujian, China Green Dragon oolong is grown in the mountains of Anxi county, the home of oolong tea in China. There are several oolong tea Plant varietals (at least 12) growing in Anxi, each with its own distinct flavor profile. The most famous of these varietals is Tieguanyin. Green Dragon (Ben Shan varietal) is a young varietal called a clonal and is grown primarily near Raoyang village in Anxi. It has strong, heavy branches and brightly colored, distinct, elipse shaped leaves. It shares some similarities in fragrance with the Tieguanyin varietal.
Oolongs range in their flavor (mild and floral to strong and toasty) and color spectrum (from light green to dark) depending on the processing technique Used. Green Dragon is a greener oolong with low oxidization.
For Green Dragon, mature leaves are plucked and then withered in the sun (weather permitting) to reduce moisture.
Once suitable suppleness is achieved rolling techniques are applied which include wrapping the leaves in cloth then binding the cloth, then binding the cloth tightly into a ball shape.
Leaves are then lightly roasted. Successive re-rolling and re-roastings are done to achieve the optimum shape and flavor. A final roast is given to complete the processing.
Smooth, golden infusion with grassy, toasty and light floral notes.
The Tao of Tea
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Brewing Green Dragon
Brew one teaspoon of leaf in twelve ounces of pure spring or filtered water at 185F for four minutes. Provides at least two infusions.
Oolong tea leaves.
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