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2015 "Honey" Oolong

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With a comparatively short history of production, Honey Oolong gained popularity following the devastating 1999 Taiwan earthquake.  

Following the destruction, many tea farmers neglected their crops to rebuild their homes, allowing green leafhoppers to feast on treasured tea plants.  The tea plants fought back, however, causing chemical transformations in the leaf, which increased polyphenolic content and tannins.  Tea lovers found the result to be delightful, and contrary to traditional wisdom of harvesting the finest leaves the spring, Gui Fei is harvest in the summer (after "the bug bite").

After a medium oxidation and a light roasting, this fragrant tea leaf reveals aromas of butter, caramel, and cinnamon.  A truly unique flavor bouquet includes wild honey and roasted nuts...

Notes:         wild honey, Indian spice, cinnamon, pecan

Infusion:      200ºF / 93ºC for 1-2 minutes

Origin:         Dong Ding, Nantou County, Taiwan
 



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Tea Infusion Quantities

So how many cups is 50g of tea? Or 1lb of tea leaves?

The appropriate amount to use depends on the size of the teapot, teacup, or gaiwan, and how much water is being applied.  Typically, an average serving of tea in a small-medium vessel is about 4-6 grams.  Experienced tea drinkers will often use 6-8 grams per serving - with shorter and more frequent infusions.

Therefore, a 50 gram pouch of tea should be good for 8-12 servings of tea.  Depending on the type of tea, however, the leaves can withstand several "steepings", so that 50 gram pouch should allow for 24-50 cups of tea!  And, since a pound (lb) is about 450 grams, a properly steeped pound of tea should produce several hundred cups of tea!

 

Quantity of Tea

50 grams

100 grams

1 pound

Servings

8-12 servings

16-24 servings

70-85 servings

Cups of Tea*

24-50 cups

50-100 cups

200-400 cups

*often depending on the technique of the tea master, time per infusion, and thirst of the drinkers