Tea for May: Jade Oolong

Greet the spring with a cup of our organic Jade oolong tea.  This highly prized tea, made of large, hand-rolled and lightly oxidized tea leaves, comes from Nantou County, Taiwan.  Once infused, the leaves unfurl and release delicate and slightly sweet notes, exquisite flavor and an enchanting yet subtle fragrance.  The flowery aroma is reminiscent of lilacs, which are now in bloom.We love this tea hot or cold! 

 

To make it hot, steep 1 teaspoon of leaves for every 8 ounces of water.  We recommend brewing the tea at 195˚F, which is slightly less than boiling.  The leaves are fine and delicate, so water that’s too hot can burn them and affect the tea’s flavor.  Let the leaves brew for 3 to 4 minutes. 

 

To make cold-infused Jade Oolong, use one teaspoon of tea for every 8 ounces of cold water.  Put the tea in a tea basket or tea bag.  Add to a pitcher or large ball jar and fill with cold water.  Cover, and refrigerate overnight.