Formosa Top Pouchong Special

  • Original description: Fiveoclock.eu

  • Cultivar: Qing Xin

  • Terroir: Pinglin, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Price per 100g: 130 PLN

General info

Pouchong (or Baozhong) is the lightest and most floral type of oolong teas with oxidisation between 8-12%, so they often referred to as "green tea" in Taiwan. Its name came from Fujian in China around 160 years ago, literally meaning "wrapped kind", or "wrapped variety". Wang Xi Cheng, local tea maker, used loaded processed tea leaves with two layers of squared papers and packed into rectangular shape of pack in weight of 75 grams. The pack was then stamped with names of tea and tea merchant, to be sold as "baozhong". Interestingly, this name is homonymic to a phrase, meaning "luck out" in Chinese ("包種" vs "包中"), so at present days, Pouchong tea also becomes a gift of good luck.

Dry leaves of Formosa Top Pouchong Special

Pouchongs have a very distinctive leaf style: the dry leaves are open and twisted and have a light dark blue-green hue. Due to specific weather conditions of the terroir - cloudy and foggy area with little sunlight - the leaves contain increased amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Comments about this tea:

"Made from the cultivar Qing Xin, with fragrances of flowers and a hint of honeydew melon in the taste, this tea has a rich, golden yellow infusion. Deliciously fresh and succulent, this Bao Zhong is of an excellent quality rarely found in Europe, especially in an organic tea."

Preparation

  • Yixing teapot, traditional Gongfu Cha ceremony.

  • Temperature: 194°F (90°C)

  • Amount of tea: 1/3 of the teapot

  • Time: 40/40/60s

Personal notes

If you are thinking how to show your love to a tea aficionado, search no more - this sensational spring oolong will be an original way to declare your feelings, be it your first date, St.Valentine's day or a romantic impulse on otherwise an ordinary day. Elegantly twisted dry leaves strike with a strong bouquet of fresh flowers right from the beginning, and this sensation follows up until the last sip. Pale gold liquor pleases the palate with mild floral, creamy and sweet aromas, which are supplemented by notes of juicy tropical fruits and bits of spiciness. Expect medium astringency and a long finish of sweet emotions.