Jingdong Wuliang Snow Orchid
This tea is made from large leaf tea tree varietals found in the old forests of Wuliang mountain. It is a most delicious and unusual green tea. First the leaf is slightly withered (not usual for green tea) and then lightly oxidized in a rattling or bruising step ( customary in oolong manufacture but not for green tea).
In theory, this tea could be considered to be a Yunnan version of Baozhong, Taiwan’s magnificent leafy, army-green oolong. Baozhong is given just a slight oxidation (12-18%) which keeps it quite green in color but adds an amazing rich undertone to the taste of the liquor. We imagine that these steps are undertaken with this Yunnan tea to accommodate for the large size of the fresh leaf. Or perhaps this procedure is simply a local method used by the tea makers in this particular, remote region of Yunnan Province
Wuliang Shan, Yunnan Province, China
Long, straight leaves with a slight twist
Soft, buttery, sweet flavor
Delicate aroma of woodland spring flowers
Pale jade-colored liquor