Our Qi Zhong (奇种 meaning ‘the unusual variety) oolong is crafted from the light charcoal roasting of the long, twisted strands of Taiwanese Wenshan Pouchong (which is a Formosa Oolong). The charcoal roasting imparts a mellow, yet refreshing, sugarcane-like sweetness to this delicious, low-oxidation oolong.
The tea infusion has a yellowish hue, and its aroma is beautifully layered, starting with a warming toastiness, then a delicate hint of honey, and tones of orchid at the end.
It is interesting to compare this wonderful roasty oolong with the more traditional version made in Wuyi in northern Fujian, China (see Wuyi Oolongs). The family of the tea master who crafter this tea brought the art of Qi Zhong over from China to Taiwan 4 generations ago.
Qi Zhong of the Wuyi variety tastes of ripened fruit, whilst our variety is lighter and more floral, yet also deliciously slightly toasty, with a fruity flavour that reminds us of papaya.