The Chelan White Buds Oolong Tea was born from a varietal of camelia with a medium size leaf quite diffused in the Fujian region.
Because of its structure the White Chelan varietal has a lot in common with the Tie Guan Yin cultivar though, on the aromatics sides, it results more soft and floral.
When there’s a delicate product like this it’s common to roast more the leaves during the processing. In this way it’s possible to emphasize the the sweetness and give more body to the beverage.
The Chelan White Buds Oolong Tea shows in the cup the signs of a longer roasted period with its composed natty flavor and a medium intensity body. Besides this soft character, anyway, there are still some vegetal dark notes, useful to extend the depth of the tea and leave a pleasant cleaned sense in the at the end of the tasting.
On the palate and the aftertaste you can have a refreshing sensation and light sweetness, peculiar of this Chinese cultivar.
For the people who want to dive into the floral aspects of oolong we suggest you to try a more mineral and intense version going with the Huang Mei Gui Oolong Tea.
Place of origin
Pinghe County, Fujian, China
After the harvest, the leaves of the Chelan White Buds Oolong Tea wither under the sun for a certain period of time before going to rest on some bamboo trays indoor. Here it’s where the oxidation process starts thanks to a manual or mechanical massage of the leaves curated by the producer.
The low level of oxidation of this tea (around 30%) doesn’t take too much time before going into the next phase where the leaves are roasted. Then, thanks to electric ovens, the tea master remove some of the residual humidity in the product in order to stop the enzymatic activity.
In the end, the leaves are rolled into their final form so they’ll be able to preserve better the aromas developed during the processing. After a drying period, which fixed the ball-rolled shape, the product is ready to be consumed.
Brewing instruction for the Chelan White Buds Oolong Tea
We invite you to brew the Chelan White Buds Oolong Tea in the traditional Chinese style (Gong Fu Cha) with a Gaiwan of an approximate capacity of 100 ml. Following this brewing technique you can, with 4.5 grams of leaves, do multiple infusions and have the most complete tasting experience of your tea.
After a brief rinse of the leaves in water at a temperature of 90°C you can do a first infusion of 20 seconds and, after that, maintaining the same water temperature, you can continue to push the product rising up the previous steeping time of 10 seconds (20 – 30 – 40…).
In order to have a more traditional brew in the Western style we suggest to steep 3 grams of leaves (about 2 teaspoons) for one minute and an half, using water at a temperature of 90°C in a mug with an approximate capacity of 150 ml.
For a better tasting experience we suggest to filter the infuse as close as possible to the proper steeping time indication. Our brewing time recommendations can also be slightly adjust by your personal taste in order to obtain a stronger or more delicate cup of tea.
Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Oolong tea benefits
The main health benefits of Oolong Teas come from the relevant content of minerals and antioxidant phenols in the leaves.
Some studies, in fact, report that the daily assumption of Oolong can influence the bone health by improving the quantity of mineral in the tissue and also reduce the sugar content in the blood thanks to the stimulation of insuline provide by the phenols.
The Oolong Teas, furthermore, show, generally, a reduced concentration of caffeine. This feature make the oolong easier to be consumed in every moment of the day also for the people more sensitive to this exciting substance.