tea of the day… lishan wulong
I decided since it’s green tea doodles, that as well as the doodles, I could talk a bit about tea again!
You’ll see this week’s tea – a recent favourite – in the picture. It is an Wulong (sometimes spelled Oolong) from Taiwan specifically from Lishan, hence the name. Wulongs are not technically green teas since they are lightly fermented just not as much as black teas. Did you know that “wulong” means black dragon? The tea leaves I have right now are from the autumn harvest since spring harvest isn’t available yet.
Here’s an interesting bit of tea trivia – the tea harvested in the autumn is said to be the most flavourful, while the tea harvested in the spring is the most fragrant. I think you need to be something of a connaisseur before this is really noticeable!
This particular Wulong is not one that has been aged but is fresh this year. I especially love that style since the flavour is delicate and, for want of a better word green – but not grassy. Lishan (Pear Mountain) is one of the mountains of Taiwan where tea for Wulongs are grown. Taiwan’s teas are renowned, as the best teas come from the highest altitudes and Taiwan has the highest tea orchards in the world.
I have brewed it in the typical Taiwan way in a very tiny teapot. Perhaps I talk more about the method another day!
image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer