Green Dragon (Anxi Ben Shan Varietal)

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Dry Grass, Roast nuts, Vegetal, Wood, Floral, Smooth, Toasty
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
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Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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Grown in the mountains of Anxi county, the home of oolong tea in China. There are several oolong tea plant varietals (at least 12) growing in Anxi, each with its own distinct flavor profile. The most famous of these varietals is Tieguanyin. Ben Shan Green Dragon is a young varietal (a clonal), grown primarily near Raoyang village in Anxi. The plant varietal has strong, heavy branches and brightly colored, distinct, ellipse shaped leaves. It shares some similarities in fragrance with the Tieguanyin varietal.

Greener Oolong
Oolongs range in their flavor (mild and floral to strong and toasty) and color spectrum (from light green to dark) depending on the processing technique adopted. Ben Shan is a greener oolong with low oxidization.

Sun Withering
For Ben Shan, mature leaves are plucked and then withered in the sun (weather permitting) for a few hours to reduce moisture.

Traditional Rolling
Once suitable suppleness is achieved in the leaves, traditional rolling techniques (which include wrapping the leaves in cloth and binding it tightly into ball shape) are applied in conjunction with light roasting. Successive re-rolling and re-roastings are done to achieve the optimum shape and flavor. A final roast is given to complete the processing.

Best Season
Ben Shan is best during spring (April-May) but if stored well (cool, dark, low humidity place) maintains its flavor well throughout the year.

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The dried leaves are pine green and twisted into small balls, like gunpowder tea. They smell vegetal, like spinach or other greens.
When steeped, the tea is pale golden green. The leaves unfurl into full, complete leaves, with occasional small pieces of stem or twig. The size of the leaves compared to their dry state is really impressive! It smells of a lovely warm toastiness, like roasted nuts. The flavor is mild with absolutely no astringency, and has notes of wood and grass.
The tea makes for excellent second and even third steeps.
I had low expectations for a mass-produced tea like this company, but this is actually really high quality.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Roast nuts, Vegetal, Wood

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A lovely light Oolong. It’s very mild and refreshing. Second infusion brings in some toasted flavor.

Flavors: Floral, Smooth, Toasty

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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