Wild Tea Qi Wild Snow Oolong

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: long, dark and somewhat twisted
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 5 seconds and longer on each subsequent steep
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: gold

Wild Tea Qi was kind enough to give me a sample of this tea when I visited their booth at World Tea East. I was a little perplexed that the directions stated that the first infusion should be three seconds. Thirty seconds has always been my go to number when using a gaiwan but I decided to take their word for it. Although light, the first infusion was surprisingly flavorful. There were notes of honeyed apricot and a pleasant toastiness with a lingering sweet finish. As I progressed through the infusions (of which I lost count) a more citrusy flavor come to the forefront. This was what I like to call an Energizer Bunny tea, the leaves just keep going and going…and going. Although I increased the steeping time, the tea remained smooth and had very little astringency. Wild Tea Qi recommended chewing the leaves. I tried it and they were mouth watering. That is quite fun to do around non-teaish folks because the reactions that you will get. Do you ever chew your tea leaves?

You can find out more about this tea here.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.