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.