Baozhong is a very lightly oxidized, green style of Oolong tea produced primarily in the hills of Northeastern Tawian. The name Baozhong (Ch: 包種) means “wrapped kind/type,” and refers to the way this tea was traditionally wrapped in sheets of paper folded into a box shape prior to sale, similar to how some old school tea sellers in Fujian, Guangdong, & Hong Kong still package some of their oolongs to this day.
This tea was judged to be in the third class/rank tier of teas in Nangang District’s Spring, 2020 Baozhong competition, which was held on May, 20, 2020 (please note that the competition year is shown as “109” on the competition packaging, which means the year 2020 to people outside of Taiwan). Third class/rank means this tea was judged by a panel of certified judges to be in the top 10-15% of all competition entries. This tea was sealed in official tamper resistant packaging at the competition.
Nangang District is said to be the birthplace of Taiwan’s Baozhong tea. Tea cultivation declined in the area after its peak in the mid 20th century, but interest in the area’s historically significant tea industry has been experiencing a resurgence in recent years. The district’s tea competitions are a way to incentivize tea farmers to continue to grow and process the special teas of the area. The good thing for us as tea lovers is that Nangang’s excellent teas are still on the upswing in terms of demand, which translates into much better price and value than very similar quality competition Baozhong teas from other nearby growing areas that sell for astronomical prices when compared to Nangang.
-Vibrant, even green leaves
-Vivid, fresh flowery aroma
-very even color, blemish free leaves, no visible stems, bright floral aroma
-Remarkably smooth, mouth watering & juicy, intensely floral (magnolia blossom & honeysuckle?) with notes of green melon & light honey, rich floral and bittersweet aftertaste with very light astringency.
Contains 300 grams of tea leaves