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Jade Oolong (Huan Jin Gui)

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Note the wonderful jade color of the leaves.  Named for this distinctively fresh green appearance, this comparatively small-leafed Oolong is one of the first Oolongs harvested in the spring.  As the first whites and greens arrive in the tea markets of Fujian Province, one will find this Oolong offered.  The cup is light yet flavorful.  This lot came out in the first weeks of the warming spring weather.  Harvest date is 2017.  Lot # LB-7.  

Why we selected this lot.   The first few cups of this lot offered a nuanced and refreshing flavor.  It served to remind of the great variety of flavors the spring harvest brings, especially in the Tieguanyin-style class.  The leaves are small, preserved and well shaped. We found the flavors fresh and clean. 

Interesting facts about this tea.  This Oolong is a "Se Zhong" style that is a blend of high-grade leaves.  It is one of the smallest leaf varieties of Oolongs grown in China.  Well known for its light-green appearance and light fresh, sweet taste. Its name - Jade Oolong - harkens from the light-green coloration of its leaves.  This lot was grown on a small farm near Xiamen in the AnXi Region of Fujian Province. 

Taste profile.  In the first steep the leaves open to offer a golden-green liquor color and a lightly floral aroma.  Jade Oolong has a delicate mouth taste that is softly sweet.  Offers floral flavors, light butter in the finish.  This tea goes very well with food.

Brewing suggestions.  Use 3-4 grams per 8-12 ounces of water or serve it Gongfu style with 6-8 grams per 7-8 ounces of water.  Use water at boiling temp, rinse the leaves briefly to "awaken" them, pour this water off and re-infuse for 2-2.5 minutes.  Probably shorten the steep time if serving Gong Fu style.  The leaves will steep multiple times.

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This is the first oolong to be seen in the spring in the tea markets in Fujian Province.

The leaf is very delicate and thin compared to later harvesting oolongs.

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