***Due to weather-related setbacks, the producer of Nine Dragons was unable to make any this summer or fall. We hope to have it back in Spring 2023. We appreciate your patience and understanding!***
2.5 oz. (30 cups) or 8 oz. (100 cups)
Traditionally balled, Nine Dragons Oolong is produced from one bud and two leaves and harvested from 300-400-year-old wild-growing, large-leafed tea trees. It has a higher degree of oxidation than many other oolongs and does not have a separate roasting phase at the end of rolling and drying. It produces a full-bodied amber liquor with a delightful range of flavors from dried rose and golden syrup to some toastiness in later infusions. The depth of character in the ancient leaves allows this tea to be infused up to five or six times without losing flavor.
The leaves come from wild tea trees harvested from Cho Long in the Yen Chau district of Sơn La province. Yen Chau lies between Moc Chau (where the tea is processed) and the Vietnam/Lao border.
Amount: 2 grams (1 tsp) of loose tea per cup of water
Temperature: 190 ̊ (Small bubbles and a moderate amount of steam)
Steep time: 2-3 minutes
About Our Vietnamese Tea
Vietnamese tea trees are some of the oldest in the world. While tea farming in Vietnam has existed for hundreds of years, 20th century conflict badly harmed the industry and prevented it from reaching Western consumers. Only in the last generation has the political climate in Vietnam improved.
Our Vietnamese tea comes from wild trees growing in the pristine, ancient forests of the far northern provinces of Hà Giang and Yên Bái. The tea is grown on mountain sides at an altitude between 4,300 and 5,500 feet. Tended by families on small farms, each tea selection exudes superior character and is ethically and sustainably produced. Our wild Vietnamese teas are organically produced and comply with international standards.