Buddha's Hand "Fo Shou" Wu Yi Rock Oolong Tea * Spring 2016

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Fruity, Smoke, Stonefruits, Butternut Squash, Cinnamon, Marine, Melon, Mineral, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Walnut, Wet Rocks
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Loose Leaf
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “Wu Yi is a favorite of mine. I will order those I haven’t tried but a few I keep in stock and this is one of them because I like the roast. Not burnt, just right. The soup is rich with a distance...” Read full tasting note
  • “I got 50g of this tea so I’ve had a pretty good chance to try out this tea. If you brew this tea hotter then you get a lot more of the smokiness and if you brew it cooler than it honestly doesn’t...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “My big YS order came in today, kind of a surprise because I was expecting it Monday or Tuesday. http://imgur.com/LxXminp Decided to start it off with this one. Brews a light orange and emits a very...” Read full tasting note
    95
  • “OK, so I have looked at others notes for this tea in other years, and I don’t know if 2016 was that much better, but I definitely give it a very high rating! I found this tea rich and complex. ...” Read full tasting note
    96

From Yunnan Sourcing

Fo Shou (lit. Buddha’s Hand 佛手) is one of the many Wu Yi Rock Oolong varietals. It’s not widely grown but is a classic Wu Yi varietal that was originally transplanted from Yongchun County near Quanzhou (Fujian) centuries ago.

Fo Shou bushes are large leaved, with green-blue leaves that are not at all tippy and never produce flowers (茶花).

Fo Shou is roasted several times at low temperature and then stored for months at a time before being re-roasted. When the third roasting is completed the tea is again stored before offered for sale.

The brewed tea is thick and fruity, sweet with little to no astringency. The tea soup is orange. I nice alternative to the more floral Wu Yi oolongs!

May 2016 harvest

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Wu Yi is a favorite of mine. I will order those I haven’t tried but a few I keep in stock and this is one of them because I like the roast. Not burnt, just right.

The soup is rich with a distance fleeting note of the sea. Otherwise sweet and fruity.

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I got 50g of this tea so I’ve had a pretty good chance to try out this tea. If you brew this tea hotter then you get a lot more of the smokiness and if you brew it cooler than it honestly doesn’t put forth much flavor. The front notes are quite smoky like charcoal but followed with a pleasant fruitiness. This is not a super complex tea but it is an extremely enjoyable daily drinker and I think that it is an extremely pleasant experience.

Flavors: Fruity, Smoke, Stonefruits

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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My big YS order came in today, kind of a surprise because I was expecting it Monday or Tuesday. http://imgur.com/LxXminp Decided to start it off with this one.

Brews a light orange and emits a very cinnamon-y sweet and spicy aroma. The flavor is very complex; its strongly mineral, strongly fruity, somewhat spicy, and a little roasty. Notes of ripe melon, underripe citrus, wet rocks, toasted barley, nuts, and warming spice. Strong, fruity lingering aroma in the mouth. Later steeps are less fruity and aromatic with prominent woody notes. There’s a marine backnote that becomes more noticeable as you brew on, something like dried shrimp that might sound unpleasant but is actually quite nice.

Overall very nice and a good place to start with my shipment.

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Cinnamon, Fruity, Marine, Melon, Mineral, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Walnut, Wet Rocks

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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OK, so I have looked at others notes for this tea in other years, and I don’t know if 2016 was that much better, but I definitely give it a very high rating! I found this tea rich and complex. Nose; Peaches, rich, soup like, slight blood orange, melon, plantain, buckwheat, walnut, allspice. On the palate, it has an interesting beef consumee ( not sure if I spelled that right ) like base from which arise flavors like peaches, walnuts, buckwheat, strawberry, with just enough tannin to give it backbone, wonderful full mouth feel, holds up over at least 7 steepings. I think it is unusual for this type of tea so it might not be for everyone, but if you like different, try this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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