Oxidization Level: 60% (also known as Oriental Beauty, White Tip or Champagne Oolong)
Characteristics: twisted curl of mixed red, white, yellow, brown and green color (dry leaf); bright amber color (tea liquid); whole leaf and stem joint (brewed leaf) [More info on oxidization]
Tea cultivar: Qing Xin Da Pha
Grower/Farmer: Guo-Shi Yin
Tea Farm Location: Longtan Township, Tayuan City, Taiwan
Tea Farm Elevation: 985 ft/300 m
Harvest Date: May 20, 2015 (hand plucked)
Tasting Note: Ripe fruity aroma, very smooth and honey-sweet taste
Steep Tip: 1.5 teaspoons of tea for 6 oz of FILTERED hot water (180° - 195° F), 1st steeping (4 minutes), re-steeping 3 times
Bai Hao Oolong uses a green leaf insect named Jacobiasca formosana to suck on the tea plant before the leaves are harvested and oxidized, so no pesticides can be used and is 100% organic. This results in the unique fruity and honey flavor and the variation of colors. The tea only uses bud and top two leaves, and is only produced in summer and in north-western Taiwan. [Further info: tea production area and elevation across Taiwan]
Tea-making process: hand-plucked fresh leaves - indoor withering - hand tossing - machine stirring - setting for oxidization - fixation - softening- twist rolling - drying - manual removal of stems without leaves - packaging. (Note: Stems aren't removed until the end because the aroma they contain helps to increase aroma of the tea. No flavoring or fragranceis added or blending of any sort during the whole process. The tea's aroma and flavor results in the interaction between the soil, climate, tea cultivar, eco-system in and around the tea plantation.)
Storage: to best preserve the tea's nutrients and taste, please use a dry, air-tight, light-blocking food storage container and avoid place the container in a humid, hot and sunlit area.
An unconventional way to quickly brew a day-worth of tea (i.e. 2 liters) in one go, this store owner Cecilia would recommend checking out her YouTube video "Quick tutorial for easy preparation of loose-leaf tea." Be sure to double the amount of twist-rolled tea like Bai Hao Oolong to produce the similar strength.