Qilai Mountain Unbaked Oolong (奇萊山高冷茶)
- Region: Hualien County
- Harvest: 2023
- Availability: In Stock
Qilai mountain unbaked oolong is a rare oolong tea from the Qilai mountain in Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan. Its highest point of the range, the Northern Peak, is 3,607 m above sea level.
Qilai oolong is hand plucked one bud with two leaves tea from tea plantations in 2050 m. This area has low temperature throughout the year, so it is in a perfect environment for tea plants. Due to slow growing in tea leaves, Qilai oolong is thick in tea leaves.
This is very special for its taste and limited kind of tea.
Leaves: delicately hand-rolled into small, green-yellow coloured balls.
Aroma: pure, flowery and lightly fruity. Fine buttery and sweet notes are also present.
Liquor Fine, sweet and long-lasting, which melts in sweetness.
You can use any kind of tea pot, but clay tea pot suits much better.
Warm up the tea pot with the boiling water, put 2-3 grams of tea, and pour small amount of the boiling water into the tea and pour out, then pour 225-250 ml of boiling water and cover tea pot for three minutes before serving.
Boiling temperature – 85-95°C (185-203°F). You can use this amount of tea 3 to 4 times.
The tea leaves come unrolled for full flavor.
This is one of the traditional ways of brewing. Depending on individual gustatory preferences you can vary brewing time from 35s to 5 minutes.
You can also use Chinese traditional way of brewing - spilling, using Gaiwan and brew for 3-5 second each time.
Please note, that it is natural tea with high content of active elements, including caffeine, and minerals and some unusual feelings could appear. In that case we recommend decrease quantity of dry leaves and brewing time.
While it might not be to everyone's taste, this unbaked oolong is worth trying for those who appreciate oolong tea's diverse nuances. The leaves can be steeped multiple times, offering a different taste with each infusion. It's an excellent choice for those looking to explore the world of Taiwanese oolongs.