The story goes that Queen Elizabeth II named this tea after becoming enamored of its regal character. The singular plum-sweet flavor of a proper Bai Hao—white tip—oolong originates before plucking. When a green leafhopper insect nibbles on the tender buds of the tea plant, the split in the leaf lets it oxidize while still growing. Because the lush, fruity flavors depend on the leafhopper's visit to the gardens, this tea is exceptionally difficult to harvest in consistent volume year by year.
The nose treats your senses to the scent of pressed rose petals and orange peel. Tasting notes are multi-layered, beginning with a sweet combination of spiced dates and apricot. The fruitiness segues into a honeyed after-taste that lingers for up to a minute. Flavors are more intense and nose-centered for the first three steeps, with steeps from three to six becoming mellower and sweet, lower in the mouth. Be sure to admire the exceptional clarity and beautiful crimson hue of the liquor before sipping!
We recommend using lower water temperature, 90-92°c for sixty to ninety seconds. Two grams per 100ml will deliver a flavorful cup. To ensure the best possible preservation of this rare tea, all orders will ship in a quick-seal canister.
One size only, 3oz net weight.