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baozhong oolong tea

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type: oolong

origin: taiwan

caffeine: medium

price level: $$$$

Baozhong oolong tea has a long history in Northern Taiwan, famous for its serene mountains, wonderful tea culture, and refreshing light green oolongs.

Only tea grown within Pinglin county in Northern Taiwan and processed in a specific style can be considered pure Baozhong. There are several tea plant varietals that grow in this region that include the Jin Xuan “Golden Lily” and the well-known Qing Xin “Blue Heart.” Baozhong from the Wen Mountain district is the most famous.

After the newly sprouted leaves have been plucked, they are withered in the sun for a few hours to reduce moisture. Once a suitable suppleness is achieved in the leaves, a delicate sideways rolling of the leaves is performed in conjunction with light roasting. The leaves are minimally oxidized and maintain a vibrant, green color. Old style techniques are still in use in selected areas and involve hand processing and wrapping the leaves in paper before roasting. Baozhong is also sometimes referred to as a ‘wrapped variety’ tea.

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