Emperor's Tribute Tea

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One of the finest oolongs we've ever come across—remarkably complex and long-lasting. Great to drink any time, but fit for an Emperor or Empress.

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    • 2 tsp per 8 oz of water, 195°F, 3-5 min.

      When using a Yixing tea pot or a Gaiwan, use two to three times as much tea and steep same tea leaves (between 30 sec and 2 min) multiple times until the flavor fades.

    • From Nantou Lugu (just north of Alishan) in central Taiwan, 3700 ft. elevation
    • Hand plucked, hand-made in a mild and rainy climate
    • Produced within the natural habitat of a small insect known as the Emerald Leafhopper
    • These leafhoppers or aphids readily eat tea leaves despite the caffeine which deters most other insects
    • The tea plants quickly respond to the attack, producing previously dormant flavor compounds which deter the leafhopper bites. Marvelously, these new flavor compounds give this oolong a flavor profile unlike any other, and it is delicious
    • This tea cannot be produced with pesticides which might kill the leafhoppers
    • The other name for this tea is Gui Fei. She was the famous Chinese concubine of Xuanzong, the Tang Dynasty's last emperor
    • Her story, both a great love story and heartbreaking tragedy, has been retold many times in Chinese literature
    • Gui Fei earned the love of (and thus maintained great influence over) Emperor Xuanzong, but her and her cousin were blamed for An Lushan's devastating rebellion, and the Emperor was forced to have her killed
    • The Emperor mourned her death for the rest of his life, and kept her memory alive through tributes and temples dedicated to Gui Fei
    • Swiss or Gouda cheese
    • Fresh, baked or grilled apricots or peaches
    • Scallops, shrimp, lobster, Dover sole or any buttery fish
    • Pork with roasted apricots or peaches
    • Peach ice cream
    • Rice pudding
  • Taiwan oolong tea: 100%

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