Place of Origin
Wuyi Mountains, Fujian Province, China
Month and Year of Picking
A strong floral aroma, with a vanilla scented sweetness and a complex, long finish reminiscent of mango and burnt sugar.
Despite this tea's complexity, Qi Lan is characterised primarily by its alluring orchid fragrance. Like Rou Gui, this characteristic is also Qi Lan's namesake, “Qi Lan” meaning “rare orchid” in Chinese. Also in spite of its sophisticated flavour, Qi Lan is typically considered one of the milder Wuyi teas, meaning that it's a good starting point for those unfamiliar with the classic “rock charm” of Wuyi rock oolongs. Taste wise, most connoisseurs locate it somewhere between a classic Wuyi tea and the more delicate, floral Tieguanyin.
Qi Lan is a versatile oolong, being both a gentle introduction to the rock oolong genre, as well as a more distinctive, subtle tea for those already familiar with classics like Da Hong Pao.
Read about teas from Wuyi area here.
This tea is sold in 30g pouches.
Western method: Use 3g per 200ml in 95°C water. Brew for 2 minutes. Re-infuse to taste.
Gong fu method: Use 5g per 100ml in 95°C water. Brew for 10 seconds. Add 5 seconds to each subsequent infusion.