Style: Ti Kwan Yin Oolong
Origin: Fujian Province, China
Description: Fujian Province is the primary source of world class Oolongs and Ben Shan is arguably one of the more aromatic of the Ti Kwan Yin style. Ben Shan translates to "Source Mountain" and is grown in an area known as Min Nan and harvested in the third week of April 2021. Made with a small-leaf varietal, the rolled leaves offer an attractive range of eye-catching green colours that reflects the light oxidization and low firing that preserves its wonderful aromatics.
Tasting Notes: The first steep bursts with aromas of a fresh spring floral arrangement. The texture is soft and lush. It cups to a vibrant yellow-green liquor. Once steeped the rolled leaf opens up as if they were once again fresh tea leaves. The flavours are layered with apricots and honeysuckle nectar. Subsequent steeps bring out the varied delicately sweet petal and stonefruit flavors of this mountain varietal. Truly a diverse oolong, this tea would pair well with many dishes, savory or sweet. Ben Shan also makes an excellent chilled beverage.
Brewing Instructions: 3g per cup. 95-100ºC. Steep for 1.5 - 2 minutes.
Option: Briefly rinse the leaves with water and pour off to "awaken" the leaves. Re-infuse the leaves with 95-100ºC. Steep for 1.5 - 2 minutes.
To steep using the Gong Fu method, use 6-8 grams of leaf and steep at 95-100ºC for 20-30 seconds.
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