Notes of verbena leaf, rose, and delicata squash.
White tea from Fujian, China・April 2018・紫玫瑰・Organic
This white tea is unique to Song, custom crafted using a new oolong cultivar from Wuyi Shan called Zi Meigui (Purple Rose). It is one of several cultivars grown on a newly developed organic garden located in northeastern Fujian Province. Since 2013, we’ve been collaborating with this garden to develop teas that apply traditional crafting methods to new tea varieties.
The cultivar itself is fewer than ten years old. A hybrid of two lesser known Wuyi cultivars: Zi Hongpao and Jin Meigui - it is rarely seen even as a oolong. The leaves are forest green, with long thin stalks that have a slight purple tint.
This tea was hand-picked in mid-April 2018. The leaves were then transferred indoors, and placed on trays under constant air flow for over 30 hours. This slow dehydration allowed the leaves to gently oxidize as they dry. The process produced roundness, sweetness, and accentuated the leaves' innate florality.
The finished tea is wonderfully aromatic, crisp, and sweet, with notes of verbena leaf, rose, delicata squash.
Brew: 5 grams・150 ml・205° F・1 min
High temperatures work best to intensify the aromatic quality of tea. Purple Rose takes well to this approach, as it delivers both sweetness and fragrance without bitterness even at the high temperatures we prescribe.
More familiar with our old quantities? Here’s the conversion:
|Metric quantities||Ounce equivalent||Servings|
|30 grams (new size!)||1.05 oz.||5-8|
|60 grams||2.10 oz.||10-15|
|120 grams||4.20 oz.||20-30|
|240 grams||8.46 oz.||40-60|