Wenshan Baozhong Tea

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Oolong Tea
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  • “Thanks very much, SkySamurai!  This was shipped here well before the teabox.  I’m still working on the pre-teabox package!  I steeped this a couple days ago but bungled purely everything in every...” Read full tasting note
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Wenshan Baozhong Tea has a pure character, in that the tea leaves undergo very little processing after being harvested. Like all Oolongs, the basic steps of solar withering, indoor withering and oxidation, and tumble heating are involved. But the level of oxidation for making Baozhong Tea is relatively minimal, about 10-15%. Baozhong is also an unroasted type of Oolong.

Beyond this, the leaves are only slightly curled after the tumble heating/cease oxidation stage, then dried. This allows the leaves to maintain more of their structural integrity, both visually and in terms of the chemical compounds within the leaf. In this respect, Baozhong is more similar to Green Tea or White Tea, in that the leaves are not compressed, and tightly rolled as with other Oolongs, and they are not bruised as with Black Tea.

The result of this minimal processing method is that the original, fresh green leaf character is preserved. Along with this is a substance of flavor and a distinct aromatic profile that puts Baozhong in a class of its own. It has an especially aromatic profile, with a fresh green character, yet with just enough oxidation to give it balance and substance. It is easily distinguished from its Green Tea cousins, but also stands clearly apart from High Mountain Tea and other traditionally made Oolongs.

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Thanks very much, SkySamurai!  This was shipped here well before the teabox.  I’m still working on the pre-teabox package!  I steeped this a couple days ago but bungled purely everything in every steep so HAD to try it again.  Now it’s much better. I even forgot the rinse last time and I saw tiny particles in the rinse, which seems odd for this type of oolong.  I love a good Baozhong.  The dry leaves have a great sweet creamy scent which is also what it tastes like!  Though the brew is still VERY yellow in color which I guess is why I thought I had bungled it in the first place, but I guess this is the color it should be!  The flavors are tough to piece together, they seem very one note, which is surprising to me for a Wenshan Baozhong.  Mellow, sweet, minerals, creamy.  And very very consistent but not as complex as I’d wish for a Baozhong.
Steep #1  // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // rinse // 28 minutes after boiling  // 1 minute steep
Steep #2  // 16 minutes after boiling //  1 1/2 min
Steep #3 // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 min

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