Specific Information About This Batch
This month, we are celebrating the third anniversary of the Eco-Cha Tea Club by sharing a batch of Fo Shou Oolong Tea for the very first time. The Chinese Fo Shou (佛手) means Buddha Hand. The name refers to the tea plant, or cultivar, which classifies as a large leaf type. This puts it in the category of Assam, and wild strains of tea, along with the Taiwanese hybrid cultivar — Red Jade #18.
The character of this tea is rich, and like the soil it grows from — it has a mineral base, with subtle smoky, sweet, fruity, and even floral notes that linger for a long pleasant while. The recommended ratio of leaves to water is less than the norm, around 1:22. So about 7g/150ml tea:water when brewing Gong Fu style, perhaps 5g/300ml for Grandpa style.