Made from the stems of the tea plant, this is a standout in the oolong category. It is lower in caffeine — due to the low volume of leaf — but with a similarly warm, sweet maple sap flavor. It is one of the most popular teas in Taiwan, enjoyed in many restaurants and homes.
The roasted flavor is a result of an extra firing after the twigs and stems have been hand-sorted away from the leaves. An accessible and enjoyable alternative to a more heavily caffeinated, dark-roast oolong, it’s satisfying on its own or served with food.
Region: Nantou County
Tasting Notes: light, maple sap, roasty
Year of Production: Spring 2016