Unroasted Qilan Wuyi Oolong
Reserve Club – July
On our spring trip to China, we had the privilege to try several teas that were mind blowing not just for the taste experience, but for actually stretching our definitions of what tea can be. This tea is a challenge to everyone who loves Wuyi oolongs and Tieguanyin, because it bridges the best parts of both teas.
Starting with exquisite Qilan varietal leaf picked in Wuyi, this tea is not subject to the dark roasting that all Wuyi teas are known for. Instead it is tossed, twisted and dried as light as possible. The result is a fine Wuyi oolong that is green, floral and creamy like Tieguanyin, but maintains the mineral notes of Wuyi.
Enjoying dark roasted teas is a celebration of the craft of tea processing- the enjoyment of the fine subtleties the human hand can bring out in the leaf. Light, unoxidized teas are more a celebration of the land itself, a look at the terroir without any processing. We included this Qilan to open a window into the terroir of Wuyi that is normally closed. Enjoy!