Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey. So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. To see past posts check out our “Let’s Talk Oolong” page.
This weeks tea is on the greener side with some lovely vegetal notes. Like last week this tea is also from Pingling District. There are some news out there that this tea is becoming harder to find. Which is such a pitty but the reason makes sense. Twisted leaf style teas are being replaced by rolled ball style. The latter style is easier to package for shipment, while twisted leaves break easily. Let’s hope that it never disappears so that we can continue to enjoy natures gift.
The cultivar that is used for this tea is QinXin. This special variety of tea plant is recognized by the unique scent it gives off during processing. This comes out in the brew. Deliciously floral with touches of vegetal notes. With the leaves being on the green side it is not surprising to have these notes.
But let’s now talk about the name of this tea. Bao Zhong is another way to write the name of this tea which means “wrapped in paper”. It got this name in China (Anxi) were a merchant used to present a type of tea wrapped in paper. This same custom was taken up by the Wen Shan in Taiwan. And latter became part of the names of this tea.
There is so much to learn about all these teas. It is much more fun to learn what is beyond what we simply drink. With that I’m going finish this cup and brew up next weeks tea.
is located in Vancouver, British Columbia here in Canada. Heidi and Jeff source the best Taiwan Oolongs for their company so that they can share their passion for tea with the world.
** All of the teas that we will be discussing were purchased from Tea Ave. Only the giveaway prize was donated.