Qi Lan Oolong - Organic

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Oolong Tea
banana, Caramel, Dark Wood, Earth, Mineral, Resin, Roasted, Tobacco
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Edit tea info Last updated by Christina / BooksandTea
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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Our Qi Lan is another wonderful tea from the Wuyi Mountains. Qi Lan is mild and sweet, but retains the roasted qualities of its mountainous counterparts. This area has given birth to several of the most famous Chinese teas including Lapsang Souchong and Da Hong Pao. These teas get their signature roasted and woody flavours from the mineral content in the soil. What sets this tea apart is its wonderful fruity aroma and flavours with a rich and nutty aftertaste.

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I think this is from 2015. It’s been getting colder, and this is definitely a winter tea. I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 195f for 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The first steep has notes of tobacco, caramel, roast, and dark wood. There are also hints of sandalwood, banana, and strawberry, but they’re very much in the background. I let the second steep sit a couple seconds too long, and it dialed the darker flavours up to eleven. The tobacco predominates in the early steeps, perhaps a bit too much for me.

By steep five, this oolong becomes less aggressive, but also starts losing its complexity. It has a generic Wuyi profile of roast, earth, minerality, and caramel.

Due to its earthy roast and caramel flavours, this oolong would be a perfect introductory tea for coffee drinkers. For me, it was decent, but not something I need to immediately buy more of.

Flavors: banana, Caramel, Dark Wood, Earth, Mineral, Resin, Roasted, Tobacco

195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Very nice oolong. No frills. Steeps to an amber color. Reasonably priced… Good daily tea. On the third steep and still going strong.

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