Santikhiri Green Heart Oolong is a lightly oxidised oolong that is produced from a Taiwanese Qing Xin or ‘Green Heart’ cultivar. This oolong comes from around Santikhiri village (formerly Mae Salong) that is located in Mae Fa Luang District and around the highlands of Doi Mae Salong mountain, close to the border with Burma and Laos. Santikhiri Green Heart is an organic oolong tea that is grown at an altitude of around 1,200-1,600 metres and was plucked in April 2021. We source this tea directly from the owner of the plantation in Doi Mae Salong.
This Green Heart Oolong tea is made from the Taiwanese Qing Xin or ‘Green Heart’ (青心) cultivar. This cultivar is especially favoured for making characterful floral lightly oxidised oolongs. This particular tea undergoes minimal oxidation, resulting in a very ‘green’ profile. The floral notes are not as pronounced, instead they are finely balanced by the more vegetal and herbaceous taste. The taste is somewhat reminiscent of a good Anxi Tie Guan Yin rather than a more expressively floral Taiwanese oolong.
Santikhiri Green Heart Oolong comes in tightly rolled dark green leaves that produce a pale golden-green clear liquor with a light vegetal and floral aroma. The verdant and floral profile has notes of fresh green vegetables, with a lightly drying, refreshing aftertaste. Overall this is a light oolong that is less complex that its Taiwanese counterparts, yet exhibiting classic green oolong characteristics. It is a rather appealing light green oolong that is delicate and refreshing.
We suggest brewing at 90°C for 3-4 minutes according to your taste. It can be brewed 3+ times.