Breast Flower Fragrance (Ru Hua Xiang)
Legend tells us that as the young maidens plucked the first, new leaves of spring, they placed the most precious in their blouses to be preserved for the enjoyment of the Emperor and his court. The story provides us with a wonderful name for one of our favorite oolongs as well as a guiding standard for quality.
Why we selected this lot. Each harvest, we taste a variety of Tieguanyins to find a range of flavors that best represent the new season. For Breast Flower Fragrance, we look for a low oxidized leaf with depth and complexity in taste and a distinct character for its moment crossing your palate. Once unfurled and open, note the uniform leaf shape. Carefully processed and crafted to bring a fresh & enticing yellow-green color to the cup liquor. Once tasted, it was apparent this lot offered an exceptional cup of oolong tea. Lot # LBC 38.
Interesting facts about our selection:
Grown in the AnXi region of Fujian Province on a farm from which we have been purchasing teas for over 14 years. The tea is a rolled style known as AnXi Tieguanyin. These rolled leaf-style oolongs are known as Min-Nan given their geographic location south of the Min River and its rolled finish. Tieguanyins of this area are known to be clear in liquor and fragrant in aroma. The farm is recognized in the province China for the exceptional quality of its oolongs.
As the tea is fired at lower temperatures, the leaves offer a fresh herbaceous flavor. It cups to lovely, bright yellow-green liquor. The aroma is quite fragrant and its flavor will remind one of orchids. Flowery and buttery smooth on the palate, its aftertaste lingers, softly sweet and enduring.
For 8 to 12 ounces of water, use 3-4 grams of leaf. As it is a rolled leaf, use water right up to boiling. Rinse the leaves briefly to awaken them, pour off and re-infuse. We recommend a brief steeping, 1.5 to 2 minutes and taste. The first steep is known for aroma. The flavors of the leaf will release in subsequent infusions. The leaves will yield up to 5 to 7 steeps.
Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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Grown on a mountaintop farm. Locals believe the morning sun this farm enjoys makes its tea some of the best in the area.
Aroma is herbaceous, light to the nostril. A high-grade Tieguanyin oolong.
Aftertaste of Apricots
Posted by Unknown on 26th Jan 2016
What a pleasant tea! I just got this today and steeped for ~75 seconds at 195° in a gaiwan. Result was a nice bright green colour and a sweet taste which yielded a nice stone fruit taste in the aftertaste that only continued to get a little stronger and more pleasant.