jin xuan golden daylily oolong tea
jin xuan golden daylily dry tea leaves
jin xuan golden daylily tea liquor in cup
jin xuan golden daylily wet tea leaves floating in cup


Jin Xuan - Golden Daylily - Oolong Tea

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Considered a great entry-level tea because of its unique dairy aroma, creamy texture and minimal astringency. In fact, some might better recognise this tea by its other name, Milk Oolong. There are two types of this tea on the market, natural and artificially scented. Ours is entirely natural, and whilst not as milky, we believe this version achieves a superior balance of flavours. The Jin Xuan cultivar was developed by the Tea Research and Extension Station (TRES) in 1980 and selected precisely for its milky profile – the result of higher levels of naturally occurring lactones – as well as its large, high-yielding leaves and strong natural pest-resistance. Our version is grown at a fairly modest altitude, in the subtropical regions of Taiwan. The lower elevation ensures warmer days and more sunshine due to less mountain cloud cover. This results in faster plant development, which in our opinion is actually desirable for this tea as it further emphasises the delicate vegetal notes which pair well with the milky flavours. Our price point for this tea is slightly higher than most vendors and this is because, despite being grown at lower altitude, it remains entirely hand-picked. This is evidenced by the consistent pluck size and intact whole leaves, which allow for more brewing control and the ability to produce a more nuanced infusion. Also known as Tai Cha #12 or Golden Lily.


● Harvest: last week March 2021
● Location: Zhushan, Nantou County, Taiwan
● Altitude: 300-500m
● Cultivar: Jin Xuan

● Method: hand-picked
● Pluck: bud plus 2-4 leaves
● Oxidation: 10-20%
● Roast: none

Tasting notes

● Dry leaf: tightly rolled curls of varying size, dark moss green colour with golden streaks
● Wet leaf: unfurls fully, lightly bruised edges
● Liquor: straw colour, pale green-yellow hue

● Dry leaf: butter, shortbread, seaweed flakes
● Wet leaf: hyacinth, lupin
● Empty cup: hay, chalk

● Taste: asparagus, chestnut
● Aftertaste: zucchini, sugarcane
● Mouthfeel: creamy, umami, low astringency

jin xuan golden daylily flavour wheel by oolongtime

Brewing tips

The following tips are for your guidance.
Please feel free to adjust to taste.

Gongfu style
● 5-6g per 100ml at 90°C (195°F)
● 5-10 secs to rinse
● 20-30 secs for 1st steep
● add 10-15 secs for each re-steep
● 4-5 steeps total

    Western style
    ● 1.2-1.5g per 100ml at 90°C (195°F)
    ● 2-3 mins for 1st steep
    add 30-60 secs for each re-steep
    1-3 steeps total

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