Baiya Qilan 2019 Vintage


This Baiya Qilan is from our vintage 2019 Autumn Harvest.


Autumn 2019

Zhangzhou, Fujian

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.

Brewing guide

Tea 4g
95 °C
Water  120ml
Steep time 10 - 60 sec
No. of infusions 8
May 2019

Anxi, Fujian
Frying the leaves at a high temperature to temporarily stop enzyme activity and prevent further oxidation of the leaves. This gives the tea master time to apply additional steps that will shape the final flavour and aroma of the tea. This step is crucial as it is a delicate balancing act: over frying the leaves will lead to burning of the leaves, and under frying the leaves will lead to the leaves over-oxidizing in later stages, thus turning it into a black tea.

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