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Bai Rui Xiang Wuyi Oolong

If you haven't treated yourself to Wuyi Oolong, also called Rock Tea, Cliff Tea, or Yancha, you simply must. They are grown in Wuyishan in China's Fujian Province, which is in fact the birthplace of oolong teas.  

Wuyi oolongs are strip style oolongs (meaning their leaves are rolled lengthwise, not into little balls), grown in a rocky terrain, and are charcoal roasted to varying degrees.  There are several different varietals and cultivars of tea plants growing in the region, the most famous being Da Hong Pao, Bai Ji Guan, Tie Luo Han, and Shui Jin Gui. Once you get to know Wuyi oolongs, you will get to know which varietal you enjoy and how much roast you enjoy. 

This year was the first year we've tasted Bai Rui Xiang.  It's a lighter style of Rock Tea, charcoal roasted only once.  The single roasting helps to showcase the incredible fruit and floral notes in the tea. Bai Rui Xiang is quite elegant with a thick, rich body and lots of high flavor and aroma notes.