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Royal Courtesan

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Rose, artichokes, muscat grape

Oolong tea · medium oxidation · medium roast

Royal Courtesan, or royal concubine, oolong is a medium-bodied Taiwanese tea. It's a relatively recent varietal that emerged from the 1999 earthquake in Nantou County.

After the earthquake, many tea gardens were temporarily abandoned as farmers sought to recover from the disaster. Unattended, these tea gardens were attacked by Jacobiasca Formosana, the same tiny tea plant-insect that provided muscat sweetness for Oriental Beauty.

When the farmers returned to their gardens they were disappointed with the harvest, though curious enough to still use that year's harvest to make Frozen Summit. Royal Courtesan is the result.

This Taiwanese oolong offers a bouquet of fragrant roses and notes of muscat grape and honey. The golden-colored infusion offers a full and intricate aroma and an ample finish.

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Tea Profile

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Chinese Name: 貴妃美人
Origin: Lugu Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
Cultivar: Qingxin
Elevation: ~1,000 meters
Oxidation: ~40%
Roast Level: Low to None
Flavor Profile: Rose, Artichokes, Muscat grape
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, Ample, Round

The Cultivar

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Royal Courtesan is made with Qingxin, or Qing Xin cultivar, which translates to Green Heart or Clear Heart. Qingxin is the most popular tea cultivar for oolong tea making in Taiwan, particularly in high mountain cultivation. Oolongs made with this cultivar is often lightly oxidized, Royal Courtesan is an exception.

Brewing Instructions

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These instructions are for reference only, a starting point for brewing this tea. Trust your palate and feel free to experiment.

Quantity of Tea: 6 grams
Quantity of Water: 237 ml / 8 oz
Water Temperature: 212°F / 100°C
Steep Time: ~ 1 - 2 minutes
For more information on how to brew tea check out our brewing guides

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