tea review: qingxin spring orchid oolong from rishi tea

qingxin spring orchid oolong - harvested april 2010

Qingxin Spring Orchid Oolong [and a experiment in organic farming]

I’m going to say this right off the bat, I love this oolong.  Beautiful little rolled nuggets of leaf,  just waiting to unfurl. It’s quite green for an oolong, and is very floral, but in a botanical, orchids straight from the field way, not in an artificial way. It’s a lightly fermented tea, and is great steeping after steeping.

When it comes to Rishi Tea, a tea isn’t just a tea, it’s also a story.  They explain the story behind the tea, the people who grow and produce it and why it’s special. This particular tea is a new type of Qingxin varietal and it was planted for Rishi Tea as an experiment to study organic oolong cultivation methods in Taiwan, it was harvested in April 2010.

The tea farm with this tea is grown uses a variety of organic methods: there is a natural buffer zone of forest that surround the tea garden to minimize the natural wind shift of industrial pollution. Buffer zones are typically thick stands of forest bordering a tea garden, which keep the air fresh and maintain good humidity—kind of like a natural filter for the air flowing onto the tea gardens.  There are tall, unpruned Assamica trees that create a three-meter hedge to further seclude this experimental tea garden from its neighboring (non-organic) tea gardens. Pheromone and light traps, as well as strong wind blowers, are used to fight pests in a natural way without pesticide. This particular farm is too small to officially certify, but really organic farm management is much more than just a logo on a bag of tea, it’s about farming in a responsible manner, with amazing results.

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2 Responses to “tea review: qingxin spring orchid oolong from rishi tea”
  1. Marlon says:

    Loved the post, and I really like the fact that Rishi encourages organic farming methods. I was wondering if they say anything about the type of fertilizer used. Do you know if it is organic or conventional?

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