Yingxiang Oolong (AKA Taiwanese tea No. 20) is a new and improved, genetically modified version of Oolong tea which is the first tea tree in Taiwan to obtain “Plant variety right (PVR)” in accordance with the “Plant Variety and Plant Seed Act”. The characteristics of the Yingxiang Oolong variety have the flavour of Qingxin Oolong, and are planted at low altitudes. The orchid aroma of the unique tea-flavored variety is the biggest feature of Yingxiang Oolong, a cross between Oolong tea and Four Seasons Green Tea, which has been very popular over the past two years.
From the large-scale planting of tea in the early days to the strict selection and planting of small farmers today, it is a kind of affirmation and pride for Taiwanese varieties.Coupled with the naming and promotion of the government, the good reputation of Taiwanese Tea No. 20 has gradually gained a certain degree in the international market. Let us introduce the characteristics of Yingxiang Oolong!
What is Yingxiang Oolong?
Why is it called Yingxiang Oolong and where does the name originate?
Taiwanese Tea No. 18 is perhaps the most well known Taiwanese tea, however there are currently 23 certified Taiwanese teas in total at present. To be “Taiwanese tea” certified, each tea tree needs to go through numerous tests and comparative experiments, a lengthy process which often takes 20 years for a tea to officially hit the market.
Taiwanese Yingxiang Oolong was officially named Taiwanese Tea No. 20 in 2004. Yingxiang was developed by Tea Research and Extension Station, COA, as a new variety of Taiwanese oolong tea, offering a fresh and innovative taste, subverting the tastes of the past oolong. If you don’t like Jin Xuan‘s special milk flavour, consider drinking Yingxiang Oolong instead, it will give you an entirely new perspective of Oolong tea.
The aroma of YingXiang Oolong Tea fills the air, enchanting my senses with its sweet fragrance, as I take a sip and let its flavors dance upon my tongue, I am transported to a world of pure delight and bliss.
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Where is the Origin of Yingxiang Oolong?
This variety of Yingxiang Oolong has excellent planting performance, strong disease and drought resistance, and it can even grow well in low-altitude areas, and areas with strong sunshine. Although most of the planting areas are at low altitudes, the aroma of the tea is not inferior to that of high mountain tea, so Yingxiang Oolong is also known as “alpine tea grown on flat land”.
Although it is easier to plant at low altitudes, if too much chemical fertiliser is used during the plantation process, the taste of the tea leaves will let off an aroma similar to the Four Seasons Green Tea. Currently planted in Nantou Mingjian Pine and Cypress Tea Area, Shanlinxi, Pinglin Jingaliao, and Taitung Luye, along with other locations within Taiwan.
Origin of Yingxiang Oolong
- Parent tea source
The female Yingxiang Oolong is believed to be hybridized with the male Qingxin Oolong, the latter being the main source of the aroma. However, over fertilisation during the process can weaken the aroma. In the post-processing, the experience of tea roasting masters is relied upon to control the roasting degree of Yingxiang Oolong.
- Brothers and Sisters of the Yingxiang Series
Yingxiang is the name of the tea tree species and different roasting methods are used to produce black tea, oolong tea (including red), and green tea, among others. But at present, Yingxiang accounts for the largest quantity of oolong tea in Taiwan due to its accessibility.
- Taiwanese tea N.20
Taiwanese Tea No. 20 was officially released in 2007 by the Tea Improvement Field of the Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan. In fact, the cultivation of Yingxiang Oolong has been ongoing for 30 years, but large-scale production has only come into play in recent years.
Using scientific methods, excellent tea tree species are selected for hybridisation, after a painstaking four stages of selection, a proposal is made for review, and if nominated and approved, an official name will be certified.
Features of Yingxiang Oolong Tea Tree
The Qingxin oolong tea varieties planted at large scale in Taiwan have two shortcomings: lack of drought resistance and poor resistance to insect pests, so “Yingxiang” and “Jasper” are varieties that have been bred to overcome these shortcomings. The horizontally shaped Yingxiang tea tree hosts bright green buds and newly sprouted leaves with a purple tinge, accompanied by long and narrow adult leaves.
The characteristics of oolong tea derive from the fermentation degree of about 30%, the spherical tea leaves are firm and full, and after brewing, the leaves are green and complete.
Yingxiang Oolong tea brew taste and colour
- The tea leaves are dry and green prior to brewing.
- The front stage has a fresh orchid fragrance, while the end stage has a floral aroma with a sweet aftertaste.
- The tea brew is transparent bright honey-yellow in colour, and has a sweet aftertaste.
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The aroma of YingXiang Oolong Tea fills the room, a fragrance that lingers in the air like a sweet melody, captivating your senses with every sip.
Price of Taiwanese No. 20 Yingxiang
Such a beautiful tea is reflected in the price of the tea. Moreover, in the early days, because of the minimal planting area, the price of Yingxiang tea trees was very high. However, in the past two years, Yingxiang has been expanding to more areas and subsequently, prices have fallen to a more attainable level. As a gift tea, it is a very face-saving tea (Buy Online: ABoxTik – Yingxiang Oolong Tea).
In addition to the shortcomings of small planting areas, the post-processing of Yingxiang Oolong is not easy to begin with. At present, the post-processing is mainly done by experienced masters, and the characteristics of Yingxiang Oolong can be brought into full play with traditional craftsmanship and experience.
Yingxiang Oolong is a quality-assured tea, so regardless of whether it is purchased as a gift or for personal use, you can always feel confident with products in this league. We can only have such a first-line understanding after visiting the tea plantation in person.
The secrets of brewing Yingxiang Oolong Taiwanese Tea No. 20
If you want to use hot water to brew Yingxiang Oolong, the water temperature should be about 90 degrees. Take about 3-5 grams of tea leaves, and initially soak for around 45 seconds, this will enable you to brew for an additional five times. For cold brewing, add the same quantity at room temperature for about 4 hours, and then let it rest in the refrigerator for an additional 8 hours.
Note that the tea should not be over-steeped, and the concentration can be adjusted according to personal preference. The tea set can be made of thicker, more robust stone pots, such as tortoise shell stone pots, ink jade stone pots, watermelon stone pots, bluestone heart stone pots, etc.
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