Archive for Jul 13th, 2011

The other tea from Tee Gschwendner in Flensburg, Germany. I was luck I bought at least 50 gr of this one, because it turned out SO good: “Nepal Oolong Jun Chiyabari”.

Region: Dhankuta District, Nepal
Style: Open-leaf style
Price: 85,75 kr (11,50 EURO) – 100g

The homepage says: “Magical carefully rolled oolong speciality, from the Dhankuta district, Nepal. Gently floral, slightly nutty with golden-yellow color in the cup.”

The dry leaves have a not very even color, some greener, some darker oxidized. First I thought that to show a lesser quality, but it surely does not apply to this oolong.  It seemes to be  medium oxidized, and makes a fresh orange color of tea liquour. The 2. and 3. brewings are best, the taste keeps changing (what is most interesting about oolongs), and it keeps going after so many infusions. Even after it stood the night over, I had another cup, a bit weak, but still clean and light greenyellow and lightly fragrant…! The wet leaves show quite small ones in different states of oxidation.

Here the pictures:

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A trip to Flensburg in germany, and I returned with some samples of Oolong tea, from the teashop Tee Gschwendner in the pedestrian street, http://www.teegschwendner.de. Wanting to know more about oolong, I went home with a bag of Nepal Oolong, and a taste 5 gr size of “Oolong Sumatra Barisan”. A surprising place to get oolong from, but it gave me a great time.

Region: Sumatra, Indonesia
Style: Semi-ball rolled (if I remember, photos are missing)
Price: 65,50 kr – 100g

The homepage writes: “A gauzy, nearly green oolong from Indonesia, that can match the good oolongs from Taiwan. Tea liquor: jade green. Soft, vegetable-like, full of alive freshness.” – Price: 100 g 8,80 EURO.

My experience: It was light, fresh and yellow green like good green teas, but with the typical floral, orchid-like aroma of lightly oxidised oolongs. Nice and clear, still good after 3-4 re-brewings, and even after that.

I used a lidded teabowl from China, called gaiwan, with dark purple clay on the outside, but white and shiny pocelain on the inside, making it possible to enjoy the unfolding of the tealeaves, and watching the colour of the tea “liquor”.

A picture of the wet leaves shows their size, I am quite amazed, how big oolong leaves are, compared to all the chinese green teas I have been drinking. But big obviously does not mean less quality, I learned that… aren´t they beautiful, the leaves?

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One of the small teapots I am dedicating to oolong tea only – and this one only for the light oxidised oolongs like Tie Guan Yin. I found it on a market, the sellers said it was from Taiwan, and they thought it was for children use, for their dolls… it holds 200 ml and gives to medium sized cups, or four smaller cups in the chinese tea ceremony. When I drink alone, I use an even bigger teabowl, where all 200 ml fit in. I put a matchbox in the first picture to show the tiny size.

Holding it and pouring from it, you put our  forefinger on top of the lid, and grab the handle with your thumb and the rest of the fingers.

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