TEA WITH DRAGONS
Grown at high altitudes, Oolong is a partially oxidized tea, falling somewhere between green and black tea. The leaves are withered under strong sun, which helps to oxidize the leaves before they’re curled and twisted by hand. Oolong is sometimes called dragon tea, which is a reference to the long, dark, curly leaves that look like little dragons.
This particular mountain Oolong is extremely small batch, and very, very special. It’s grown and hand-picked on Mr. Chen’s farm in Shan Lin Xi, Nantou, Taiwan. Chen, a tea judge and cultivator, inherited the family business and has been practicing his trade for over 20 years. It’s a uniquely aromatic spring tea that’s been lightly oxidized for vibrant flavour.
Delicate and other-worldly, it presents floral notes of honeysuckle, meadow grass, with a mild pineapple sweetness and a buttery background. Like all extremely high quality oolongs, this tea can be steeped many times.
Eco-Cha, the importer co-op, came together to represent the artistry of Taiwanese tea making. Using ancient, sustainable methods, they work very closely, visiting farms almost daily, with their farmers.
This tea pairs beautifully with a lot of things, but try it with fresca cheese and brioche – a refreshing infusion to welcome guests. And also dragons, if you’re lucky. They’ll see the leaves and think they’re looking in a tiny mirror.