To us, offering the extremely rare Shiguping Wulong is not a challenge enough. We think we should give you the best of its kind. Trekking further deep into the mountain above the elusive main village of Shiguping we found the patch of land which the locals called Liao-xi-ya, where it all began. The tea is softer, yet fuller and even more complex than that in the main village. The very original Shiguping Wulong*, as highly acclaimed by the man who devoted all of his life in advocating oolongs of Phoenix, the 74 years-old tea specialist Huang Bozi.
Mildly floral aroma with accents of apple and fresh prune. Light accents of cinnamon. Soft, sweet, silky smooth body with a nutty, woodsy, round undertone and mild fruity accents. Hints of maltase, cinnamon, and citrus peels. Slightly sweet but lingering aftertaste.
This tea has been baked and rested in the traditional light style for its maxiumum taste profile. To best reveal its mild yet round body, it is recommended that you blanch the leaves very quickly once before infusion. To bring out a higher pitch, infuse at 95°C or more. To enjoy the softness, at 90°C for longer infusion duration.
Wulong vs Oolong?
*All teas made through the oolong processing are refers to as oolongs. Many strains of tea bush cultivars are employed in producing different kinds oolongs. Examples include tieguanyin, rougui, meizhan, milan xiang, huangzhi xiang, etc. Shiguping Wulong is a kind of oolong made from a particular shiguping cultivar of the wulong group of cultivars. Both “wulong” and “oolong” are the same in Chinese. This is confusing even to most Chinese tea connoisseurs. Leo has set out in his writings in Tea Guardian to distinguish the two by using the romanization “oolong” for the tea category, and “wulong” for the kind of cultivars. We follow this convention. Shiguping Wulong is a tea made from a cultivar of the same name. Examples of other oolongs made from the wulong strain of cultivars: Wuyi Cream Stout, Meishan Paochong, Eternal Spring, etc.
Song pedigree tea cultivar Huangzhi Xiang distinguishes itself from others of the same name not only by its living ancestor that has been carbon-dated back to the 13th century (late Song), but also by the elegantly complex taste and aroma of the tea it yields. That is why it is the most revered of all Phoenix oolong in its own origin and at the nearby Gongfu Tea Capital of the World — Chaozhou.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
Huangshan (translate: Yellow Mountain) is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a China national conservation. Besides beautiful sceneries, it is also the origin for many a fine teas, such as Huangshan Maofeng. The tender young leaf shoot to make Huangshan Spring Equinox is always plucked with one or two tiny immediate leaves. A much sought after green tea amongst connoisseurs worldwide.Net weight: 40 g (1.8 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
A very special tea bush — Camellia sinensis cultivar Shidaye — makes this unique looking tea. Each and every tediously selected pluck is carefully flattened between meshes during the slow baking process. We select only the best of these top grades for the fresh, cooling and cleansing sensations that complete this tea's purpose in addition to being wonderful to look at.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
Unlike other green teas that are prized for plucking early in Spring, leaves of Da Guazi need to be quite open in order to make a fine Luan Guapian. This gives the proper biochemistry that yields enough pectin for the tea's signature velvety texture and slightly sweet character. This unique nature is possible only with a special local cultivar — Da Guazi — Big Melon Seed, hence the funny name. If Longjing is too savoury and Taiping Houkui is too "green" for you, Lu'an Guapian is a great alternative of high quality with a different, yet pleasant and lively character.Net weight: 50 g (1.8 oz) in Kraft-alu pack