Swallow Tale Oolong Tea, grown by Westholme Tea Makers
Swallow Tale Oolong Tea, grown by Westholme Tea Makers

Swallow Tale Oolong - Summer Harvest 2019

Regular price $35.00

Style: Oolong

Origin: Westholme BC, Canada

Description: During the harvest of our oolong, the resident swallows put on an impressive flight performance, sharing stories from their seasonal migrations in song. In their honour, we created a semi-oxidized oolong. The leaves are hand plucked, withered, rolled and bruised for optimal oxidization and flavour. The tea is then baked and cooled several times before being finished with a pan roasting.

Tasting Notes: A classic oolong with a warm amber liquor, the tea creates a lovely smooth cup with a warm buttery finish and notes of pepper and honey.

Brewing Instructions:  2g per cup; Use 100ºC water (full boil) and pour over the large leaves; Steep for 5 minutes. Re-steep many times for an exquisite taste journey.

The tradition of tea is closely tied to place – the region, the mountain, the slope. In 2010 we began planting our own tea to take advantage of the unique terroir of our home. This is the very first Canadian estate-grown tea – an authentic expression of the land, soil, and climate of our farm.

The mountains of Fujian province in China are the origin of the exquisite Oolong tea. Known as wulong or black dragon tea, it is distinguished by its long and twisted, almost serpentine rolled leaves. Oolong is the most complex and intricate tea to produce and it is believed to promote good digestion and longevity. Due to its popularity, Oolong is no longer exclusively manufactured in China or Taiwan - India also produces a wide range of Oolong teas from their terroirs, resulting in a variety of flavour within the processing tradition.

One of the most internationally recognized Oolongs manufactured in China is named Ti Kwan Yin, for Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Legend has it that emperor Kangxi prayed to Kwan Yin for her to help restore his health. The goddess answered his prayers and later appeared before him in a dream, where she brought him to a mountainous area and showed him the tea slopes and the poor living conditions of the farmers there. She asked that the emperor help the farmers gain prosperity by officially establishing the region as a tea-growing one. Thus, emperor Kangxi declared the tea from these slopes to be famed, and the area’s tea industry, along with Ti Kwan Yin’s flavour, blossomed.

Pu-erh is a fermented tea produced in Yunnan Province. It is the only tea that uses microbial fermentation to process and oxidize the leaves. If done in the traditional manner, the tea is pressed into brick forms after the first stage of fermentation, where it would continue to ferment and deepen with flavour as it aged. These bricks are sometimes stored within the rinds of fruits to ferment, like mandarin oranges or lemons, to take on some of the flavour and sweetness of the fruit.

For many years these tea bricks were used as currency, and it is still common for people to invest in the tea today. Pu-erh exist in two forms – ‘Raw’ Pu-erh, which comes in brick or cake form, and ‘Cooked’ Pu-erh, which is processed as loose leaf. This age-old fermented tea has great health benefits and is highly valued in parts of Asia, and its unique flavour is starting to gain more traction outside China.

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