Place of Origin
Aowanda, Nantou County, Taiwan
Month and Year of Picking
A delicious marriage of sweet plums and buttery, roasted nuts
This delicious red oolong uses another fantastic Taiwanese cultivar, one which goes by the name of Qin Xin Oolong. All tea is grown from a single species, camellia sinensis, but the marvellous plant that produces the world’s tea has more than 3,000 varieties, or cultivars.
Tea cultivars are usually developed with a particular terroir in mind, and in Taiwan, the development of different varieties of tea is taken very seriously and is funded by the government. Qing Xin Oolong is the oldest cultivar in the tea history of Taiwan, and it’s a variety still much in demand for its unique fragrance and suitability to the oolong roasting process.
Our red oolong brews to a tempting scarlet coloured liquor with a distinctive honey aroma. Qing Xin is a relatively weak plant, and it must be hand picked to avoid bruising; but what it lacks in toughness, it makes up for in taste. Our tea is grown at high altitude on the slopes of Wanda mountain, in the famous tea growing county of Nantou. It’s this region which is responsible for much of Taiwan’s tea production, and its climate and terroir remain excellent for growing high quality teas.