Our DMS Bai Yai Qiu Thai Oolong Tea is a large-leaf (“Bai Yai”) Oolong tea from cultivated Assamica tea plants in north Thailand. Due to it’s medium degree of oxidation, it pleases with mild aroma and just as smooth taste. At this, the bright yellow cup combines the fresh taste of green teas with the characteristic mineral notes of large-leaf Oolong teas. According to the Taiwanese role model, tea producers in north Thailand also roll their Oolong teas to small balls during processing – one leaf, one ball.
Assamica Tea Trees in North Thailand
In north Thailand, the Camellia Sinensis Assamica has been native for several thousand years already. Before the progressed second half of the 20th century, tea plants grew only as wild tea trees here. At that time, their leaves were picked by some local mountain tribes only. Those had brought the knowledge about tea processing from their original home country of China. Since the 1980’s, the Assamica tea plant is also cultivated in tea gardens. This comes with the common annual cuts for promoting the growth of branches and leaves.
Doi Mae Salong – Center of Tea Cultivation in North Thailand
In Doi Mae Salong, the center of tea cultivation in north Thailand, tea has meanwhile become the major cash crop of the local Chinese migrants and mountain tribes. Here, at altitudes between 1200 and 1600 meters, the tea plant finds optimal conditions. Among these is the climate, consisting of 3 seasons. These are a rainy period, a hot and dry period and a cold period. Notably, Doi Mae Salong is the center of tea cultivation in north Thailand.
For infusing, use water of a temperature around 80-85°C. Just like any Oolong tea, you can principally prepare our DMS Bai Yai Qiu Oolong Tea in two basic ways. Once, this is the 1-infusion method prevailing in the western sphere. To do this, pour 200ml water over 3g of DMS Bai Yai Qiu Oolong Tea and let infuse for 2-3 minutes. Alternatively, you might choose the rather ritual preparation according to the traditional Chinese “Gong Fu Cha”, or tea ceremony. This is about isolating and highlighting individual taste nuances and patterns through a series of infusions. However, compared to western preparation, individual infusions will go with shorter infusion periods at higher dosing.
By the way, you will find Oolong tea from wild growing tea tree in north Thaliand here in Siam Tea Shop: