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.
If classic Phoenix oolongs are too sweet, and bouquet ones too florally aromatic for you, Tea Hong’s Black Leaf Special maybe your cup of tea. It is produced from a new cultivar developed for maltiness and complexity in taste. A very different oolong from the rest. Our special selection is harvested from higher altitudes near the oolong mecca that is Wudong.
Slowly cured in the grand tradition in the origin of white teas, Fuding, Tea Hong’s White Peony Classic Floral maintains the original character of floral aroma with a sweet, refreshing taste. White Peony Classic Floral is a first flush from a high altitude garden of pure Fuding Daibai cultivar, ensuring the best possible health potency of white tea.
If you like your tea softer and easier, consider Tea Hong’s Organic Paochong. A most flexible oolong in preparation and with a mild and pleasant impression, this is a great choice for busy drinkers or tea newbies. Its undemanding character and pacifying pleasant aftertaste retain a large group of aficionado followers some of which are zen devotees. EU certified organic and good as the best of traditional quality.
White Peony Fuding is a traditional fine quality Bai Mudan from the origin of Fuding. It is a preferred daily tea for its light; sweet, floral and refreshing taste. Others drink it for the health benefits of a fine white tea. Many teashops offer this as the best white tea. We think it is best for the price.