Monday, November 4, 2013

Wild Tea Qi Wild Rock Oolong Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: brassy gold

The liquor of this tea was such a beautiful brassy gold that I couldn't resist snapping the Instagram picture below. Although the taste started off very mellow, the third infusion brought a sudden explosion of floral notes and a lingering sweetness. I wouldn't quite call it earthy but there was a darker vegetal undercurrent throughout each sip. These leaves definitely had major staying power. I completely lost count of the number of rounds I went but that alone should tell you that it was a lot. If you are a fan of rock oolongs, I definitely recommend giving this one a try. +Wildteaqi  sourcing stories are one of my favorite parts of drinking their tea. This particular tea was grown by a small farmers collective in the Wuyi Mountains. Their teas are wild harvested from a bamboo forest. The village is home to less than fifty people and the profits are divided equally among the group. You can't get much more fair trade than that!

Wild Rock Oolong Tea sample provided by Wild Tea Qi.

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