Wen Shan Bao Zhong

Wen Shan Bao Zhong tea

It’s funny how things work out sometimes, isn’t it?

When we paid a visit to the Chaikhana Tea House in Stockholm at Easter, I sampled a Wen Shan Bao Zhong, a Taiwanese Oolong.

The tea made a good impression on me, and duly went onto the “drink this one again” list.

Fast forward to this week, and blow me down if I didn’t get a free sample of this very tea from House of Tea in Stockholm included in my recent purchase! Talk about Synchronici-tea.

The sample was 3g, perfect for steeping in one of my small, unglazed, 100ml capacity clay gaiwans.

This tea is a winter harvested tea, from 2015. Winter plucked leaves are generally quite flavour-packed, as the tea plant begins to conserve energy and nutrients prior to its growth burst in the spring.

This tea also has a combination of low oxidation, 10%, and heavy roasting, producing a flavour that is characteristically aromatic and sweet.

The first thing I noticed on opening the packet was the dry leaf’s flowery aroma. There was also a sweetness there, reminiscent of brown sugar, as well as a malty, nutty presence.

The water I used in steeping the tea was fresh off a roiling boil, and as per usual for black teas, Pu-erhs, and Oolongs I gave the tea a quick rinse, using the rinse water to wash, warm, and “prime” the tea pitcher and tea cup, before discarding it.

Wen Shan Bao Zhong tea

Infusions started at 10 seconds duration, getting 5 seconds longer with each new round.

The taste of the tea was very interesting – the fresh, vegetal astringency of the lightly oxidised leaves was present, but supplemented by the sweet, flowery, complexity of the roasting process.

I managed 6 infusions before the flavour started to noticeably tail off, so I called an end to the session there.

Still, it had performed well enough, certainly an Oolong to consider buying in the future.

Wen Shan Bao Zhong in a gaiwan

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2 Responses to Wen Shan Bao Zhong

  1. piratepatty says:

    Big fan of the Oolongs! What a nice surprise!

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