Jin Xuan Oolong No. 12: following our metaphor of calling the No. 17 the Queen of the Northern Thai Oolong teas, the Jin Xuan Oolong No. 12 tea might just as well deserve the throne of the king. In north Thailand, this Oolong tea, just like the Ruan No. 17 developped in Taiwan and imported to North Thailand since the first half of the 1990s, also finds optimal climate and geologic conditions here, which are very similar to those of its original home, at altitudes between 1200 and 1800 meters and a seasonal change of a rainy, a hot and dry, and a cool period in a 4-months rhythm.
In fact, we can attribute some features, such as muscle power and straightforwardness, to the Jin Xuan Oolong No. 12 that would usually rather be considered as male characteristics. The pleasant grassy-herbal aromatic scent of this Oolong tea with a medium degree of fermentation initially only hints at the full-bodied, expressive, dry and earthy taste. A decent creamy-nutty note, gaining moment with longer infusion periods, additionally imparts the depth that is characteristic for Oolong teas. The beautiful, carefully handpicked, rolled leaf, which will open up to its full size after half a minute in the hot water, gives a clear, bright yellow color in the infusion, which spontaneously arouses the association of gold and sunlight with the observer.
In the nomenclature of DMS Jin Xuan Oolong No. 12 Blue Pearls, DMS stands for the cultivation region Doi Mae Salong, No. 12 is the genuine hybrid designation, Jin Xuan means the special highland character of this tea, Blue stands for ‘blue tea’ (Oolong tea) and Pearls means the rolled form the leaves of the Oolong No. are traded in.
DMS Oolong Nr. 12 Jin Xuan Blue Pearls unfold their bold, rich aroma best with 3-5 grams of the tea pearls on 300ml water of an infusion temperature of 80°C and an infusion period of about 3 minutes, and maintain it for at least 3-4 infusions, even more with shorter infusion periods.
To emphasize each nuance of this Oolong tea’s aromatic richness, tea masters using it with the classic-traditional Chinese form of tea preparation, the ‘Gong Fu Cha’ or ‘Tea Ceremony’ will infuse it up to 7 times or more.
For more information about this tea, please also read our pertaining blog article