Bai Hao Oolong - White Tipped Oolong #07-22 Formosa
Bai Hao Oolong (White Tipped Oolong), also known as “Asian Beauty” is an entirely hand made tea, grown in Hsinchu County, Taiwan. It is a rare tea, since it is harvested only once a year during the summer months. The top, young, tender leaves are picked and there’s a silvery down that covers the spear-like points of the most delicate leaves. Once steeped, the 90% oxidized leaves produce the rich, full flavor of a black tea, and the honey & fruity sweetness of an oolong. Taiwan’s Bai Hao Oolong is considered the best in the world and is the favored tea of the British Royal Family.
Gung-fu style or use 2 heaping tsp. per 8oz. cup. Heat water to just under boiling (85C/185F), let steep 1-2 minutes, good for several infusions. The third infusion is generally the best because the leaves will have completely unfurled and released their flavor.
Western brewing methods differ greatly from traditional methods used in Asian cultures. In Asia Gung-Fu style brewing is most often used. To brew in a traditional Gung-Fu fashion, you must use a small tea pot. First rinse the pot with hot water. Add enough leaves to fill approximately 1/3 of the pot, then add hot water, pour off immediately, then add more hot water, filling the pot. Allow the tea to brew for 1 minute and serve. Continue this last step until you get no more flavour in your cup, up to 10 times. Even when utilizing western style brewing methods, oolong leaves can be brewed numerous times.