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Royal Courtesan

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Royal Courtesan oolong is a relatively recent varietal.

It was the silver lining of the devastating earthquake of 1999 in Nantou County.
After the earthquake, many tea gardens were abandoned temporarily as farmers sought to rescue and recovery 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. The result turned out to be extraordinary.

Royal Courtesan offers a bouquet of fragrant roses and notes of luscious muscat grape while accented by fares of caramelized sugar. The golden-colored liquid is beautiful and full of intricate aroma.

The texture is smooth, medium-bodied, and ample in the finish.

 

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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