Snowfield Oolong Reserve
Snowfield Oolong Reserve
Snowfield Oolong Reserve
Snowfield Oolong Reserve
Snowfield Oolong Reserve
Snowfield Oolong Reserve
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Snowfield Oolong Reserve

RESERVE SERIES OOLONG TEA

5 reviews

Seven years from seed to cup, this exquisite, lightly-oxidized oolong is grown in Western China using the famous Green Heart cultivar from Taiwan. Notes of lilac, condensed milk and pineapple give you a rare taste of modern Chinese teamaking at its finest.

Origin: Xinghua, Baoshan Prefecture, Yunnan Province
Elevation: 2200 Meters 
Variety: Qingxin
Garden: Mingguang Garden
Date Packed: 07/12/19
Harvest: May 2019

Tasting Notes:

Lilac, condensed milk, pineapple


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JK
11/22/2020
Jenny K.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Delicate and lovely

This tea is an experience. It has a spicy, sweet, clove-like fragrance that’s utterly warming and enticing. The flavor is delicately floral, lightly acidic, but deepens to a verdant, grassy butteriness that envelops the tongue.

DH
11/16/2020
Deborah H.
United States United States
I recommend this product
One of the best teas

Delicious! Very smooth and one of the best teas we have ever had from Steven Smith.

VL
11/11/2020
Virginia L.
United States United States
Oolong

Excellent, high quality Oolong.

BS
10/29/2020
Brian S.
United States United States
The finest green oolong I have encountered yet

Not a genuine connoisseur myself due to prices and not being Taiwanese, but quality green oolongs are my favorite teas. This lives up to the description, with the most pleasant floral aroma in the first and second pots, smoothness and some sense of exquisite depth through the fourth pot that I am not experienced enough to define completely. Highly recommended for that special occasion and person; the best overall tea in the price range that I have tried. Smith teas are better value than of any of the other modern US distributors that have cropped up in twenty years, with a more easily used website and faster shipping than some well known Asian companies which have slipped in service with their popularity.

K
06/09/2020
Kiki
I bought another as soon as I tried it

Amazingly delicious. Each steeping was like a whole new tea! It made me stop what I was doing and sit down to just enjoy a cup of tea. That's a powerful commentary on how good it is. Not astringent, smooth but still full of flavor.

Ingredients

Full leaf oolong from Yunnan Province

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Reserve No. 102: The second release in our Reserve Series line of teas. Also the number of steps it takes to walk the Smith factory tour.

Preparation

Place 7 grams of tea leaves into 175 ml (6 ounce) gaiwan. Bring spring or freshy drawn filtered water to 190 degrees. Add enough water to cover the leaves and discard water after five seconds, this is to rinse the tea leaves. Fill your gaiwan to the top and let the leaves steep for 10-20 seconds. Set the strainer on top of the decanter and pour the tea out of the gaiwan with the lid slightly askew, without allowing the tea leaves to escape. Serve into small cups and repeat this process at least 4-5 times and notice how the tea leaves change in flavor over each infusion.

Alternatively, this tea can be brewed for single infusions using 3 grams of tea per 8 ounces of water and steeped for three minutes.

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Snowfield Oolong

Full Leaf Semi-Oxidized Oolong Tea

As you steep the large beads of this Snowfield oolong, watch each green leaf unfurl dramatically to offer a rare taste of modern teamaking at its finest. These are leaves of the famous Taiwanese cultivar Qingxin (Green Heart) which have been grown high in a garden in Yunnan at the western edge of China — far from their island home. They have been picked in a traditional high mountain style that waits a full growth cycle before plucking, then very lightly oxidized, rolled and dried using authentic Taiwanese equipment. The result is a truly thrilling oolong, proving once again that China's most venerable tea tradition is the endless thirst for new tastes.

Yunnan Province

Yunnan which translates to "South Cloud", is a province jammed into the South Western most part of China. Not only does it share international borders with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, but there is a constant cultural exchange in these border regions, which is distinct from the rest of mainland China. Tea was first cultivated in this region thousands of years ago and it still produces some pretty amazing teas.