Skyward - Ban Tian Yao Oolong - Wuyi Mtn. Fujian, China 2019 - 35g
“Waist halfway to the Sky” is the translation of Ban Tian Yao, which refers to the narrow passages between the cliffs where this tea was first grown in the Wuyi Mountains. This is a very rare Wuyi tea, difficult to harvest and traditionally processed by hand. The traditional roast over charcoal imparts a slight smokiness underneath complex floral, fruit and fig flavors. The tea is dried and withered in bamboo trays and finally roasted over charcoal fire in bamboo baskets. There is a true art to the complexity of processing these famous trees (Min Cong). This is one of the finest examples of Fujian Oolong we’ve yet encountered, and we’re overjoyed to share it this season. Spring tea at its absolute finest.