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Wu Long (Oolong Tea)

Que She 雀舌

Rose, citrus pulp, umami

Regular price $21.00 USD
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Spring 2022: Notes of rose, citrus pulp, and umami

About This Tea

Elegantly named sparrow’s tongue, this Yan Cha is a rare small-leaf Wu Long cultivar from Zheng Yan (True Cliff) terroir with high viscosity and a permeating layer of umami. It has cheerful notes of rose and citrus pulp.

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  • Origin

    Mi Tuo Yan, Wu Yi Shan mountains, Fu Jian Province, China (~300-500m elevation)

  • History and Significance

    Elegantly named sparrow’s tongue, this Yan Cha is a rare small-leaf Wu Long cultivar from Zheng Yan (True Cliff) terroir.

  • Category

    Category: Wu Long (Oolong Tea)

    Sub-Category: Min Bei Wu Long (Yan Cha, Cliff Tea)

    Cultivar: Que She

  • Processing

    Yan Cha tea is made with only the leaves, making it one of the latest teas to be harvested each year, with Ban Yan picking time around early to mid-April and Zheng Yan early May. Our Shui Xian is made from three to five leaves in Zheng Yan terroir. Shui Xian has one of the largest and thickest leaves of all Yan Cha varietals, enabling it to withstand a more thorough roasting. After the teas are sufficiently wilted, they remain on bamboo trays for a few hours before being shaken or tumbled to manage enzyme activity. This step regulates how the water inside the leaves travels outward. The process is repeated every hour, 5-8 times throughout the evening and night until morning. Once the teas are acceptably fermented in the early morning, they are then wok-fried to kill the enzymes in the leaves to stop the fermentation. Fresh out of the wok when the leaves are still hot and soft, they are rolled vigorously to break the surface membranes to bring out more consistent flavors in the tea. The most tedious step in all Chinese tea making is the stem-picking step, which in Yan Cha’s case takes place for several months following the rough tea making. It is a step where undesired yellow leaves (old leaves) and stems are picked out by hand. The “cleaned” tea is then roasted on very dim charcoal ash for 8–12 hours, 1-3 times depending on the varietal, to make it a finished Yan Cha.

  • Tasting Notes

    Que She is a rare small-leaf cultivar with high viscosity and a permeating layer of umami. It has cheerful notes of rose and citrus pulp.

  • Brewing Instructions

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