Verdant Tea 2020 Yu Qilin Wuyi Oolong Tea Review

Today I am reviewing a Spring 2020 Yu Qilan Wuyi oolong tea from the Li Family and sold by Verdant Tea.

For those not aware, the Qilin is a mythological Asian creature that was said to appear during either the arrival or passing of sages or rulers. The earliest reference we have to the Qilin is from the Zuo zhuan, a Chinese narrative historical book from the 5th century.

A Qilin Statue – Image taken from Wikipedia

Tea Specifications

Brand: Verdant Tea / Li Family
Tea: Yu Qilin Wuyi Oolong
Tea Varietal: Yu Qilin
Vintage: Spring, 2020
Elevation: 600 Meters
Origin: Wuyishan Ecological Preserve, Wuyishan, Fujian, China


Amount of Tea: 5 Grams
Brewing Vessel: Small Glass Pitcher
Type of Water: Distilled Water
Rinse Time: 10 Seconds
Steep Time: 20 Seconds – 30 Seconds – 50 Seconds

Charred wood and dark spices are dominant.

Dates, mild florals and vanilla developing later on.

Low astringency.

Flavor notes: Charred wood, anise, dates, rose, and vanilla.

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson is the founder and chief editor of the Professional Tea Taster.

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