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DMS Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17 Jade Pearls

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
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The Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17 tea cultivar, the queen among Thai Oolong teas,  orginally comes from Taiwan. In Doi Mae Salong, center of tea cultivation in north Thailand, the tea plant finds optimal conditions at altitudes between 1200 and 1600 meters. In hot water, the beautiful, carefully handpicked, rolled leaf unfolds to its full size within less than a minute. The resulting cup is clear and of amber color, mild, yet rich in aroma, with velvety sweetness and a charming flowery note to its taste..

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Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17 from north Thailand

Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17 from Doi Mae Salong, North Thailand

The Oolong N° 17 hybrid, also called Ruan Zhi Oolong, is a queen among Thai Oolong teas. Originally a product of the Taiwanese Oolong Tea Research Program, the cultivar’s development goes back to the 1960’s and 70’s. Because of its fine sweetness, its quality consistence over the year’s harvesting  cycle (compare Four Seasons Ooolong Tea), its relative altitude indifference and pest-resistance, the cultivar has been successful worldwide.

Ruan Zhi Oolong No. 17 infusedSince the early 1990s, the Thai Royal Development  Project has driven the cultivar’s import and cultivation in north Thailand. The primary goal of the initiative was to substitute the illegal opium poppy cultivation in north Thailand with suitable and promising legal cash crops.

In the nomenclature of DMS Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17, DMS stands for the region of cultivation, Doi Mae Salong. Then, “N° 17” is the tea cultivar’s original varietal name, while its more common name is “Ruan Zhi”. Further, “Jade” means the color of this only lightly fermented tea’s liquor and hints at its precious character. And finally, “Pearls” comes from the granule shape the tea leaves take on during processing through rolling. This granule shape is actually characteristic for most Taiwanese Oolong teas.

In hot water, the beautiful, carefully handpicked, rolled leaf unfolds to its full size within less than a minute. The resulting cup is clear and of amber color, mild, yet rich in aroma, with velvety sweetness and a charming flowery note to its taste.

Doi Mae Salong – Center of Tea Culativation 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. DMS Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17, tea garden in Doi Mae Salong, north Thailand, February 2013Among these is the climate, consisting of 3 seasons. These are a rainy period, a hot and dry period and a cold period. Altogether, climate and geological conditions compare quite well to those in the Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17 cultivar’s home country.

The results speak for themselves. Although individual tastes might be different, the  Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17 is certainly one of north Thailand’s best Oolong teas. And it doesn’t need to shy the competition with comparable Oolong teas from Taiwan or either!

 Preparation

DMS Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17, the culivar - budding young leaf in our tea garden in Doi Mae Salong, north Thailand, February 2013DMS Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17 Jade Pearls unfolds the depth and diversity of its rich spectrum of fine, subtle taste nuances best at a dosage of 3 grams of the tea pearls on 200ml water. At this, choose a water temperature around 85°C and let infuse for 2-3 minutes. With western style preparation, the tea maintains its taste for 3-4 worthy infusions. Each of these will show its very own character and taste pattern.

Just like other high-grade Oolong teas, Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17 is also perfectly suitable for the traditional Chinese form of tea preparation, the ‘Gong Fu Cha’ or ‘Tea Ceremony‘. In order to appreciate a tea’s individual taste and aroma nuances in even more detail, tea masters will infuse it across a long range of steeps. With this particularly sophisticated form of tea preparation, Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17 produces up to 7 infusions or more .

For more information and illustrations on our DMS Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17, please also read our dedicated blog article:

DMS Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17 – The Queen of Thai Oolong Teas

Additional information

Weight 100.00 g
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4 reviews for DMS Ruan Zhi Oolong N° 17 Jade Pearls

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Deliciously tasty but light tea made from whole tea leaves that can be used again and again without losing their taste. Delivery service by post to Belgium worked perfectly albeit somewhat slowly (6 days). Sales service is excellent, emails answered promptly and politely. All in all highly recommended!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    ben (verified owner)

    This is a good subtle green tea. More subtle than number 12 Oolong in my opinion Clean and smooth with a more floral fragrance. It has a lovely velvety texture to it and a more refined taste. As per usual super high quality using the whole leaf the plant. Once you have experienced and tasted quality green tea you will not go back to poor quality brands. Beautiful tea. And of course Amazing customer support from the Siam Tea Shop . Big thumbs up

  3. Ezra Nielsen (verified owner)

    #17 does a great job at satisfying the palate whilst remaining very very subtle.
    I love this tea, and have got the most additional high quality brews out of it than any other.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    dominic job (verified owner)

    An old favorite of mine. I keep this one at work to keep me going. Very refreshing and not too moreish, but always yummy, so you can still work and pace your tea drinking without drinking too much 🙂

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