Qilan (rare orchid)
This artisan oolong is hand-plucked and lightly roasted. To uncover the floral, nutty, and dried fruit notes, use the steeping instructions detailed below. One of our all-time favorite oolong teas!
Tea Type or Tisane | Flavors: Oolong (Cultivar: Xingcun Ziaoshon) | roasted hazelnuts. dried figs, balanced minerality, lingering, juicy aftertaste
Tea Tips: A dark but velvety-smooth oolong. Drink without milk or sugar. To fully enjoy the flavors of this tea, use the "Gong Fu Cha" steeping instructions below.
Ingredients: 50% oxidized China oolong tea, Fujian Province's Wuyi Mountains
How to Steep: To experience the extraordinary flavors of this artisan tea, use the following steps. Steep #1: Empty 8 g packet of tea into a small teapot. Pour 14–16 oz. of boiling water over tea leaves and decant immediately. Do not remove the tea leaves from the teapot. Steep #2 and #3: Pour 14–16 oz of boiling water over tea leaves and immediately decant. After Steep #3: Add 10 seconds to each additional steeping until the flavor fades.
Fun Fact: The Qilan cultivar tea plant was developed in the 1990s in Pinghe County, located in Fujian Province's Wuyi Mountains. Today this popular cultivar is planted throughout the Wuyi Mountain region. The tea has a distinctive "flowery orchid" aroma. There are over 200 cultivars grown in the Wuyi Mountain region.
.Similar Teas: Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong black, Lao Jun Mei oolong