The husband and wife team of the Zhous have been quietly producing some of the best examples of orthodox “Rock Tea” oolongs in their Wuyi garden for years. Our third Qi Lan is a return to tradition—an oolong production—though it’s anything but typical. Harvested in late April from the mineral-rich soil regular to the area, this Qi Lan (lit. “Rare Orchid”) comes from Lian Hua Feng. Low-oxidized, the signature touch lies in three low-heat, extended baking periods where the sweetness of the style is inspired. We are lucky to offer the Zhou’s handiwork to you. Notes of summer squash, brown butter, and mineral water.
Variety: Qi Lan
Region: Wuyishan, Fujian, China
Harvest Date: Late April 2019
Producer: Zhou Family
Brewing Recommendation: 5g tea | 340 mL water | 195°F | 3:00