Winter Alpine Oolong from Dayuling Plantation 88K (大禹嶺冬茶)
- Region: Dayuling
- Harvest: 2023 Winter
- Availability: In Stock
Dayuling (Da Yu Ling) Winter Oolong tea is a top-grade oolong tea from the plantation at 88 km in Dayuling area in Nantou county. It is growing at the altitude more than 2600 meters on the highest tea plantation in the world.
This is a winter oolong and is very special for its taste and limited kind of oolong. Due to the leaves growing more slowly and in typically colder, drier weather winter tea is typically more balanced, subtle, and has a longer finish. Winter harvest yields considerably less tea because plants are in the (relatively) dormant phase of their annual growing cycle. Lower yields and the fact that winter harvest is just before Chinese New Year (when tea is often given as gifts) make winter tea more in-demand and potentially higher priced.
Leaves: delicately hand-rolled into small, green-yellow coloured balls
Liquor is greenish and clear; aroma is wonderful with sweet honey notes. Very soft and sweet honey taste and aftertaste.
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.
Liquor is a clear pale yellow in look.
Taste is smooth, light, somewhat creamy and fruity.
An aftertaste has a faint floral note.
Mouthfeel is slightly sticky with no astringency.
Empty cup leaves a soft sweet smell.
Wet leaves are deep olive-green in color, giving off a milky aroma.
Flavor intensity starts to mellow down by the 6th infusion, thus best to steep longer from here onwards.
A (1 minute) steep in the next infusion gives a slightly more floral note to the aftertaste, but still no astringency.
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Dayuling (Da Yu Ling) is a mountain area in the middle of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range. This is the highest place in the country, altitude is more than 2700 meters. The highest tea plantation in the world is located in Dayuling, and you can buy Da Yu Ling oolong tea which grows at the altitude more than 2600 meters in our shop.