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Heritage Beidou

$60.00

Heritage Beidou

  • 漢字 武夷大紅袍, 北斗

    origin Wuyi Shan, Fujian

    craft charcoal roasted

    flavor notes toffee, fruit

    漢字 武夷大紅袍, 北斗

    origin Wuyi Shan, Fujian

    craft charcoal roasted

    flavor notes toffee, fruit

    Beidou, or "North Star" is famed as a direct descendant of the true Grand Scarlet Robe, or “Da Hong Pao”, variety. As true Da Hong Pao teas are reserved for elite government officials and dignitaries, we spend our sourcing trips searching for descendant varieties like this Beidou, which is reputed to be one of the closest in flavor to the famed mother plants.

    This batch is carefully hand-crafted using strictly traditional methods, and then finished by our roaster to receive several layers of traditional “heritage” charcoal roasting.

    The result is the best Wuyi oolong in recent memory. The initial brew releases the intense toffee and caramel notes from the charcoal roasting. But it’s the balance of the tea that sets the Heritage Beidou apart from other Wuyis: at the same time rich, viscous, sweet, floral, fruity – each characteristic distinct, but balanced and in harmony with the others.

  • Brewing Guide

    Proper temperature and steep time is necessary to extract the balanced aromatics and flavor notes of the Heritage Beidou. High temperatures will unbalance the resulting brew, but using water that's not hot enough will not open the leaves. We recommend a short first brew, and then progressively longer brews thereafter.

    To brew Heritage Beidou in a small tea pot or gaiwan, use 3.5 grams of tea with water at 200 degrees. Give the tea an initial 1 second rinse, then proceed to steep for 1 minute 20 seconds on the first infusion. The infusion should be a full amber color before decanting. Steep the second infusion for 1 minute 50 seconds, adding 30 seconds with each subsequent infusion.

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    Gaiwan/Teapot (6 oz.)
    leaves 3.5 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    time 1 min 30 sec
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    Teapot (12 oz.)
    leaves 5 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    time 2 min
    shop infusers
    Infuser Cup
    leaves 4 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    time 2 min
    shop tea bowls
    Tea Bowl
    leaves 2.5 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    shop gaiwans
    Gaiwan/Teapot (6 oz.)
    leaves 3.5 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    time 1 min 30 sec
    shop teapots
    Teapot (12 oz.)
    leaves 5 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    time 2 min
    shop infusers
    Infuser Cup
    leaves 4 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    time 2 min
    shop tea bowls
    Tea Bowl
    leaves 2.5 grams
    temp 200 ° F