Wuyi Mountain has long been renowned for its Wuyi oolong tea baring the unforgettable Yan Yun. One day the Emperor sent a letter to the Wise Tea Master Lao Cha, asking for the most balanced cliff tea.
Lao Cha sent back a small jar of the Big Dipper. At first, the Emperor was sad to see such a small amount of tea. But as soon as he drank it, he realized the tea leaves hold within all the misty rocky slopes of the Wuyi Mountains. As many times as he brewed it, the taste wouldn't subside. Flavorful, mineral, roasted, and sweet. It became a Wuyishan favorite.
The Wuyi Mountain region is a place of 39 peaks, 99 valleys, and a river with nine bends. Though not incredibly high, fog and mist always shroud the mountain peaks. The moisture gets accumulated on the rocky sides of the mountains and then flows down these rocks to the roots of the tea plants, enriching them with minerals and creating the unique Yan Yun (岩韵 – "rock rhyme") taste, for which "Big Dipper" Bei Dou Oolong Tea is famous.
Yan Yun is the mouthwatering sensation we get after sipping a high-quality, high-mountain craft tea. It reflects the influence of the mountainous terroir and the unique combination of trace elements in the soil that the tree absorbs during its yearly growth cycle. This mesmerizing and captivating sensation entices us to continue our tea ritual. With each gongfu-style brew, the oolong tea taste transforms. Gradually, we begin to notice more and more layers of flavor and aroma. Indeed, these layers result from the growing process of yancha and the techniques farmers use to process the tea.
Our Bei Dou Wuyi Oolong Tea is a prime example of Wuyi Rock Tea or yancha from Northern Fujian. This perfectly brewed cup of yancha has a well-balanced melange of mineral notes, a comforting roasted taste, and a complex bouquet embodying an elegant sweet and floral component that gradually evolves to more woody and fruity base notes. You can taste the iconic mineral taste and the lingering Yan Yun from the very first sip.
The clear and transparent orange-yellow tea liquor gracefully transforms with each sip, easily lasting a dozen infusions. The medium roast of this Cliff Tea gently warms the body and invigorates the soul throughout the Gong Fu session, leaving a lingering aftertaste of dried fruits on the tip of the tongue.
Our "Big Dipper" grows in an area called Zheng Yan, the prime part of the famous Wuyi Shan area in Fujian Province. It is a National Reserve with a strict prohibition of pesticides or herbicides usage. Naturally, this makes our Bei Dou Wuyi Oolong a pure organic tea.
To make this Wuyi Oolong tea, farmers employ traditional techniques, which they have been passing down for generations. Then, they roast the loose leaf oolong tea three times over a wood charcoal fire, infusing it with the warming roasted taste and aroma. Finally, the tea artisans can achieve an incredibly well-balanced yancha with a mouthwatering finish.
212℉ / 100℃
1g per 80ml 3-4min
1g per 20ml 10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion