This tea was my first introduction to Oolong (in Chinatown, in San Francisco), and it was a “gateway tea” — it made me want to explore more Oolongs! While nowhere near the best or most interesting Oolong I’ve tried, I tend to keep this in the pantry. The light flavor is pleasant in the morning, and resteepings seem fairly consistent.
King's 913 Green Oolong 3rd Grade
TenRen’s King’s Green Oolong Third Grade consists mainly of high quality oolong harvested during the premium seasons, spring and winter, and from the best area to grow oolong, the mountains of central Taiwan. Each tea leaf is handpicked to ensure harvests of young terminal buds. The steeped tea has a light yellow hue, sweet flora aroma, tartness as the initial flavor, and a mild sweet, pure aftertaste which lasts after the sip.
The water used to steep this tea should be about 185-195°F or 85-90°C. Use about 2 teaspoons (3 grams) of tea leaves for about every 5 ounces (150 milliliters) of water. A steeping time of about 3-5 minutes is recommended with more or less time is depending on the desired concentration. As a rough guide, the higher the temperature of the water or the greater the amount of leaves used, the shorter the steeping time should be. The tea leaves should uncurl for full flavor. For the ultimate enjoyment, a traditional Chinese Yixing teapot is recommended for loose oolong tea. The teapot should be half filled with leaves and initially steeped for 45 seconds to 1 minute with the steeping time increased by an additional 15 seconds for each successive steeping. The leaves may be steeped multiple times. Net tea weight is 5.3 ounces (150g). Shipping weight is 0.65 lb with canister and box.