Organic Baked Milk Oolong (金萱焙烏龍茶) is a wonderfully complex oolong created from the leaves of the Jin Xuan cultivar. This type of oolong tea is particularly popular for its smooth creamy and milky aroma, texture and taste. Our Baked Milk Oolong has undergone a low to medium roasting process to produce a cup that has all the trademark qualities of a good Milk Oolong while bringing out the more complex floral, nutty and roasted notes. This tea is from a fully organic production located in Mingjian Township, Nantou County, Taiwan. It was harvested in May 2021.
This Organic Baked Milk Oolong is from the same crops as our Award-Winning Organic Milk Oolong. Compared to the standard version that undergoes a very light ‘fixing’ bake, this Organic Baked Milk Oolong undergoes low to medium levels of baking. It is a lengthy process that requires great skill from the tea master in order to bring out the best in each tea. Normally, the tea would be baked once, then left to rest, then tested and baked again. This is repeated until the tea acquires the correct characteristics that the tea master is looking for. This tea is a fine example of a careful and considered baking process. The roasted notes do not dominate, but rather compliment and enhance the taste of the original tea, achieving a fine balance and complexity of flavours.
The Jin Xuan cultivar that is used to create this Organic Baked Milk Oolong was developed in Taiwan in the 1980’s. It is also known as the Golden Daylily (Jin Xuan) or TRES #12, the number given to it by the Taiwan Research and Extension Station. Milk Oolong is also sometimes known as Nai Xiang (奶香) ‘Milk Fragrance’ in Chinese. Jin Xuan cultivar is very popular with farmers since the plants are more hardy and produce a higher yield. From a tea lover’s point of view, Jin Xuan is an attractive aromatic drink with a lovely sweet and creamy character.
This Organic Baked Milk Oolong is not flavoured in any way and the taste is achieved from the combination of the cultivar used as well as the processing techniques. There are many flavoured milk oolong teas on the market, often utilising tea leaves of inferior quality and artificial flavourings. All our Milk Oolongs at Curious Tea are not flavoured in any way. Instead they come from the correct Jin Xuan varietals and wonderful terroirs, while the flavours are perfected by the skills of the tea growers and tea masters handling the tea.
Our Organic Baked Milk Oolong is sourced directly from the tea master in Taiwan that carries out the baking. Tightly rolled leaves produce a golden liquor with a nutty and creamy aroma. The flavoursome character is comforting and moorish. This tea has the creamy profile, texture and taste that makes Milk Oolongs so popular. However the baking process really brings out the more complex floral, nutty and roasted notes that are not present or not as evident in the unbaked version of this tea. The sweet flavour has smooth, creamy and buttery notes of wild flowers, while the aftertaste is brisk and refreshing.
It is best brewed at 90°C for 3-4 minutes according to your taste and can be brewed multiple times, increasing steeping time with each next brew if desired.
This Organic Baked Milk Oolong tea was first featured in our August 2018 Curious Tea Subscription Boxes.