Our Qi Zhong (奇种, ‘Unusual Variety’) is made from long, twisted strands of Taiwanese Wenshan Pouchong [LINK], charcoal roasted at a medium heat, which 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, northern Fujian (China). The family of the tea master who supplies us brought the art of Qi Zhong over from China to Taiwan 4 generations ago.
Wuyi Qi Zhong tastes of ripened fruit, whilst our variety is lighter and more floral, yet also deliciously toasty, with a fruity flavour that reminds us of papaya.