Spring 2021. Alishan. Pleasingly complex milk oolong tea.
This is a Jin-Xuan milk oolong tea from Rui-Feng in the Alishan tea district.
The Rui-Feng tea district is off the main path in the northwest section of Alishan. It was approved as a leisure agricultural area by Taiwan's Council of Agriculture. It is a peaceful area that is popular with visitors.
When Jin-Xuan tea leaves are lightly roasted during processing, they have a unique milk flavor which is called nai xiang or milk oolong.
Rui-Feng Jin Xuan has a slightly astringent flavor which mellows with subsequent brewings. The milk flavor is evident in the aftertaste, and combines with a pleasing herbaceous aroma for a complex flavor which changes slightly with each brewing.
Sample Available: Jin Xuan Sample Pack
|Harvest Date||April 2021|
| Varietal ||Jin Xuan (taicha #12 - 台茶十二號)|
|Origin||Rui Feng Village (瑞峰), Ali Shan, Chia Yi County, Taiwan|
|Elevation ||1,200 meters (4,000 feet)|
|Chinese Name ||瑞峰金萱茶|
|Pinyin ||ruì fēng jīn xuān chá|
Here are some guidelines for brewing Rui Feng oolong tea. These are meant as a starting point only. Please adjust to suit your individual preferences.
- Brewing vessel: 150cc (5 US fluid ounces)
- 6 grams of tea leaves
- Water temperature: 85 - 90 C (185 - 195 F)
- Infusion durations: 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 4 minutes
The taste of the brewed tea is affected by the water quality, water temperature, amount of tea leaves, type of brewing vessel and the duration of each infusion.