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Taiwan makes a range of handcrafted oolongs in a different style than the Chinese oolongs. They are light and green and fragrant as well as more oxidized, darker and almost as full of flavor as a black tea. The high quality teas are sought after by tea aficionados all over the world.

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Bamboo Tea Tray
$44.00

Bao Chong Roasted (2 oz)
$32.25

In Pursuit of Tea Bao Chong - A different kind of oolong tea


Bao Chong is a famous tea from Taiwan, and considered by many to be the best in fragrant oolongs. Due to its light oxidization and greenish color, this oolong is sometimes classified separately from other oolongs. It is primarily grown and produced in Northern Taiwan, processed according to a tradition that dates back 150 years. The inherited processing skills were further improved by Wen Shan farmers over the next generations. With several towns involved in the production of this tea located near Taipei, more than 2,000 hectares are under cultivation in the Wen Shan district. Its subtropical weather, fertile soil and high altitudes of the surrounding hills make it an excellent environment for tea cultivation.

The Taiwanese enjoy the leaves so much they have made a tasty appetizer out of it by lightly frying the young leaves! We had a chance to enjoy these yummy treats while visiting the farmers.

The leaves of this very greenish oolong are oxidized only about 20%, much less than other oolongs. Harvested individually by hand, picking usually involves one bud, one young leaf and two mature leaves.

After plucking, the leaves are twisted all the way to their tips, and withered for nearly ten hours before heating to "kill the green". During the withering period, the leaves are gently agitated by hand every few hours, with careful attention being paid in turning the leaves. Small amounts are rolled at a time, usually around ten pounds. Careless hand processing could cause the leaves to bruise, which would quickly discolor the leaf, and ruin the high floral aroma that Bao Chong is famous for.

Spring and winter crops produce the best picks for premium grades. Spring crops are thought by many to be the most fragrant, whereas the winter crop tends to be richer in flavor. Although both are considered equally superior, spring yields tend to be higher, making up 40% of a yearly production. Autumn harvested leaves are normally rated second best. The summer harvest yields less tea, and is mostly used for making Bai Hao (Oriental or Eastern Beauty) oolongs or black teas, which requires much more oxidization.

Bao Chong tea has a light, golden-green color, with a fragrant scent and lingering, sweet aftertaste. The umami note can be felt at the back of the tongue, and gives a soft feeling, almost like a warm, cotton blanket, which the Chinese call "mian". This word can also be used to describe that "walking on clouds" feeling. "Gang", is another word that best describes the tea note that is prevalent in oolongs - it goes in astringent, then rounds out sweet. Due to the delicate nature of this tea, the type of water used is very important. We suggest fresh spring water, at a temperature just below the boil.
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Ginseng Aged Oolong (2 oz)
$35.25

An aged Taiwanese oolong, with a velvety balance of thick, sweet, and piney notes.
High Mountain Gui Fei (2 oz)
$40.50

This Taiwanese oolong, grown and made on Shan Lin Xi, is bitten by tiny leaf hopper bugs.
Nantou Four Seasons Oolong | In Pursuit of Tea
Nantou Four Seasons (4 oz)
$33.00

Grown in the mountains of central Taiwan, this lightly oxidized oolong has a lingering sweetness and lilac aroma. This superb lot holds up well to multiple infusions.
Spring Fortune (2 oz)
$112.00

An exquisite oolong: a rich aroma of pineapple and cherry yields a sweet, clear flavor. Limited lot.
Tasting Cup Set
$33.00

Tea Judging Tray
$26.40

Tung Ting (2 oz)
$26.00

This famous Taiwanese oolong is beautifully balanced with light roasted notes and a vegetal sweetness.
White Flower Gaiwan
$33.00

A floral decorated white gaiwan made of fine porcelain, perfect for one person or gongfu cha service.
White Gaiwan (4 oz)
$17.80

A  simple white gaiwan made of fine porcelain, perfect for one person or gongfu cha service.
Wood Dragon Oolong | In Pursuit of Tea
Wood Dragon (4 oz)
$17.15

Made from the stems of a Tawainese oolong tea, this is a popular choice as it is low in caffeine but with the warm roasted, rich flavor associated with oolongs.
Wooden Matcha Tray
$35.00