2002 Aged ShanLinXi High Mountain Oolong Tea
Hsieh Jiang Lin Tea Company
Elevation: Between 1200-1700m
Tree Variety: 青心乌龙 QingXin Oolong
Roasting: Charcoal roasted
This High Mountain Oolong was picked from ShanLinXi 杉林溪 where it grew at an elevation between 1200-1700m. The tea was processed and then stored for 18 years. The tea was charcoal roasted around 3 years ago and has been kept in airtight storage during the aging process.
The tea has a rich roasted aroma and is quite smooth with a subtle sweetness. There is very little astringency here, and the tea can be brewed longer than many other roasted oolongs without becoming unpleasant.
This tea can be enjoyed now or stored for further aging.
Kung Fu Brewing
Warm the teapot or gaiwan by adding hot water and then pouring it out.
Add around 5g of tea for every 150ml of water. Begin by adding the loose tea to the teapot or gaiwan.
We recommend using water between 95-100C. As soon as the water has come to a boil and settled, it can be added to the teapot.
Tea can be rinsed quickly with hot water. This first rinse helps to open up the tea for its first brew. This first rinse is optional.
The tea can be steeped multiple times (at least 5-6 times). We recommend the following steep times per brew, but we also recommend extending or shortening the brewing time depending on preference for a stronger or weaker brew.
1st :50s → 2nd: 45s → 3rd：50s → 4th：50s → 5th：60s
We recommend using a large coffee mug and a tea strainer or a thermos with a tea strainer for this method. Add 1 tsp of tea to the strainer and place it into the thermos or mug.
Pour hot water into the vessel. We recommend using water between 95-100C. As soon as the water has come to a boil and settled, it can be added to the mug or thermos.
The tea can be steeped 2-3 times. We recommend beginning by steeping for 2-3 minutes and then extending steeping time if desired.
Cold Brewing Method
Add 1 tsp for a 500ml thermos.
Add cold or room temperature water to the thermos.
Seal the lid and place the thermos in a refrigerator. We recommend leaving the thermos for at
least 4 hours. Thermos can be put into the refrigerator to steep overnight.
If refilling, we recommend topping up the water before the volume falls
half-way to keep the tea flavourful.