We’ve taken the finest high mountain Green DongDing oolong, made from QingXing leaf, and gradually roasted it in small intervals to create a light roast worthy of your collection.
A well-crafted light roast will often have two stages; the initial steep will have the spicy complexity of a roast, and the later brews will become more akin to a green oolong, fruity and slightly floral. Unique, delightfully surprising, difficult to master, all apt descriptions of a proper light roast oolong.
The leaf is a deep forest green, tinged with autumn’s colors. A sweet and inviting scent of honey and rose permeate the dry aroma. Baking spices will dominate the first few cups, a nasal cinnamon flavor most prominent with a mellow honey richness in the aftertaste. Beyond the third cup, the spiciness will segue into tropical fruitiness, pineapple and grapefruit.
Prepare 3 grams of tea leaf (slightly less than a teaspoon) per 100ml of water(about half a cup).
For the first two steeps, 94°c water for no longer than 60 seconds will provide plenty of flavor. From the third steep onward it is fine to add up to thirty additional seconds per steep. This should provide between four and six re-steeps depending on the quality of the tea. For larger vessels (teapots of over 500ml) re-steep potential is usually lower.