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"Twirling Lotus" Organic Alishan Oolong

"Twirling Lotus" Organic Alishan Oolong

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One day, Buddha silently twirled a lotus flower before an assembled group of his disciples. This was the famous "Flower Sermon."  In the tale of the Flower Sermon, of which the earliest version appeared in 1036 c.e., Buddha transmitted direct wisdom to his disciple Mahaksyapa using no words at all while the other disciples in the audience sat silently, not understanding the sermon.  This is considered the origin of Zen Buddhism.  In Chinese, the story is called Niān huā wēi xiào, which literally translates as "Pick up flower, subtle smile."  

Twirling Lotus Organic Alishan Oolong is a great expression of the Flower Sermon.  The tightly rolled leaves slowly unfurl, similar to how a closed lotus represents the time before a Buddhist attains enlightenment, and a fully open lotus flower represents full enlightenment and self-awareness. 

This tea is bright, floral, sweet, smooth, creamy, and oceanic with a long lasting floral aftertaste.   It is grown on the only known organic farm in the Alishan area proper.

Tea Specifics

Elevation: 1300m

Status:  Agrochemical Free Farming 

Cultivar:  Jinxuan

Oxidization:  GABA Oxygen Free Fermentation Process

Season:  Winter 2021

Method: Hand picked, processed on site, very small batch

Region:  Alishan, Meishan District, Nantou County

Oolong tea contains between 10-60mg of caffeine per 8oz cup

Tasting Notes

Floral, garden, bright, sweet, oceanic, creamy, smooth, lasting floral aftertaste

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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