Baiya Qilan 2018 Vintage
This Baiya Qilan is from our vintage 2018 Autumn Harvest.
One of our favourite Oolongs after all these years. Baiya Qilan is the name of a small varietal of Oolong from Daqin Mountain in Zhangzhou, southern Fujian. It is made by Chen Huobing, who has been making oolongs from his home town for three decades.
This particular tea is from tea leaves harvested on October 21 from Mr. Chen’s tea garden. Mr. Chen’s tea garden sits at 900m above sea level where there is minimal human intervention. The tea trees are left to grow on their own with no pesticide or fertilizers used. The tea leaves are “bruised” for six rounds and left to oxidize naturally for 10 hours.
It is roasted slowly, over longan charcoal, for 20 hours; the result is a tea that is balanced and complex, with a depth and richness that speaks of the age of the trees and masterful processing.
This tea is delicious - rich, floral, roasty, nutty.