Mid-Autumnal Oolongs

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, a yearly celebration of the harvest moon, began its tradition of mooncakes as commemoration of the historical Yuan Dynasty resistance. Although delectable, these popular pastries are widely known to be cloying after a piece or two. The solution? Oolong, the perfect pairing that cuts through rich crumbs and dizzying fillings.
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With a greater depth of flavor than green tea and a lighter taste than black tea, oolong elevates a quintessential mooncake to a bite-sized feast with its balanced taste from semi-fermentation. So delve into our connoisseur notes to learn the varying oolong grades and their flavor profiles to complement this year’s mooncakes.

 

 

· FOUR OOLONGS, FOUR GRADES ·

Tealeaves Oolong blends are hand-crafted for the most discerning palates— with our long-standing relations to secret tea gardens, we have access to the best tea leaves from top-grade terroirs. Harvest after harvest, we procure oolongs that gently unfurl into full, intact leaves upon steep after steep. And of these oolong blends, Imperial Tung Ting Oolong, Osmanthus Oolong, Monkey Picked Oolong and Iron Goddess of Mercy carry distinctive nuances that match their grade of tea. Read on to distinguish between their subtleties of flavor and pairings with mooncakes.

 

 

· IMPERIAL TUNG TING OOLONG ·

Grading Notes: The first step towards a connoisseur tea experience, with mountainous tea from the Frozen Summit.
Tealeaf Origin: Tung Ting, Taiwan (800m Elevation).
Style: Short Fermentation.
Tasting Notes: Sweet and slightly spicy. Mild and floral with a sweet aftertaste.
Mooncake Pairing: The Imperial Tung Ting Oolong serves as the perfect palate cleanser to rich Five Kernel & Roast Pork Mooncakes.

“With a greater depth of flavor than green tea and a lighter taste than black tea, oolong elevates a quintessential mooncake to a bite-sized feast with its balanced taste from semi-fermentation.”

· OSMANTHUS OOLONG ·

Grading Notes: Tung Ting oolong steps up a notch with precious Osmanthus buds. High skill in blending is required to preserve the fleeting, floral scent.
Tealeaf Origin: Tung Ting, Taiwan (800m Elevation).
Style: Short Fermentation.
Tasting Notes: A champagne aroma and deep, rich flavor from the balanced blend.
Mooncake Pairing: The floral Osmanthus Oolong uplifts the earthy sweetness of Jubejube Paste Mooncakes.

 

 

· MONKEY PICKED OOLONG ·

Grading Notes: A grade more rare than the Tung Ting oolongs, due to its nuanced top notes and sweet, lingering taste on the palate.
Tealeaf Origin: Anxi County, Fujian Province, China.
Style: Medium Fermentation, Tightly Pelleted.
Tasting Notes: Fresh and earthy. Sweet, smooth and green-edged.
Mooncake Pairing: The refreshing notes of Monkey Picked Oolong complements light Snow Skin Mooncakes and their myriad flavors.

 

 

· IRON GODDESS OF MERCY ·

Grading Notes: Regarded as the pinnacle of oolongs. Coveted worldwide for its highly complex top notes, wonderfully nuanced orchid aromas and deep, rich finish to the palate.
Tealeaf Origin: Anxi County, Fujian Province, China.
Style: High Fermentation, Tightly Pelleted.
Tasting Notes: Golden orchid, slightly woody. A medium smooth floral taste, with a malty finish.
Mooncake Pairing: The subtleties of Iron Goddess of Mercy is highlighted, not overwhelmed, by the delicate taste of Lotus Seed Paste Mooncakes.

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