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"Gangster's Lapel" Gardenia Flower Oolong

"Gangster's Lapel" Gardenia Flower Oolong

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As a staple of 1920's fashion, gardenia flowers were pinned on the left lapels of gangsters.  The small blossoms didn't overwhelm the lapel and the white color made it universally compatible with most formalwear.   Even a well-dressed, non-gangster type like Tom Ford (menswear designer) often wears a fresh gardenia in the lapel of his double breasted tuxedo.

Organic gardenia flowers are mixed with the tea leaves just before they are finished processing and gently dried for two days, resulting in a silky smooth, florally fragrant, sweet oolong.  There are no artificial fragrances, flavors or chemicals added to the tea leaves.  

Tea Specifics

Elevation: 300m

Status:  Organic Gardenia Flowers, Tested Safe Oolong

Cultivar:  Jinxuan

Oxidization: 25%

Season: Spring 2022

Method: Machine/Hand picked, processed on site, medium batch

Region: Taoyuan City, Taoyuan County

Oolong teas contain between 10-60mg of caffeine per 8oz cup

Tasting Notes

Floral fragrance, silky smooth body, sweet, gardenia flavor, gardenia aroma, buttery, thick aroma, honeysuckle, cooked bananas, fermented fruit, peach wine, milky

Brewing Recommendations

Serving Size: 3-5g per 100ml of purified water.

Ideal Brewing Vessel: Porcelain tea pot or gaiwan; or high-fired, high profile thin clay teapot.

Steeping: Boil water to 212F/100C and then wait for the water to stop bubbling before pouring the water down the inside of the brewing vessel, not directly on the leaves. Brew for 30 seconds, then replace the lid and pour the liquor into a gong dao bei (fairness pitcher) before apportioning into tea cups.  Add 15 seconds for each subsequent brew. Remove the lid of the brewing vessel to allow the leaves to cool between steepings. Flash brewing in this manner ensures this tea can be brewed up to 5+ times and brewed again the following morning if left overnight.

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