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Buddha's Hand Oolong

It was a little over 25 years ago that the buddha hand varietal tea plants were brought to Taiwan. There, it was planted in three known locations: Ping Lin, Dong Ding's Zhu Shan, and Tai Dong's Lu Ye. 

Buddha's Hand Oolong

Fo Shou

Some say the leaf, as big as it is, looks like an open palm. The Buddha Hand transforms to become The Buddha Palm.

Picture of Yong Chun Buddha Hand Tea taken from http://www.ycfstea.com/

The Name

Buddha Hand, or Fo Shou, is the name for the Chinese bergamot, an inedible citrus that’s used for scenting as well as display. This varietal of bergamot has finger-like features. Fo Shou Cha oolong derives its name from this strange looking fruit.

Photo taken from Wikipedia's Buddha Hand page.

Originally, this tea grew to fame in Yong Chun County of China's Fu Jian province. It was a little over 25 years ago that the buddha hand varietal tea plants were brought to Taiwan. There, it was planted in three known locations: Ping Lin, Dong Ding's Zhu Shan, and Tai Dong's Lu Ye. The batch we have comes from Ping Lin. Overall, the amount of land devoted to Fo Shou is very limited. The Ping Lin Fo Shou farm has a great reputation with regard to the management and care given to the plants. In part, due to the rarity of this tea, expert tea craftspeople are commissioned for processing.

The Flavor

This tea is known for its interesting flavor and aroma. The tea has its own special fruit flavor with a soft and interesting texture like that of some grape skins. The taste presents a familiar mystery with a wall at the finish, where its astringency creates mouth feel and ends with the sensation of citrus. Overall, this tea is very appealing and enjoyable.

The Leaf

This particular leaf varietal grows to a very large leaf, but maintains its tenderness. In my notebook, I scribbled over and over: how could the leaf be so big, but keep its tenderness, not rough and tough like an overly mature leaf? It's got to be the varietal.

 

Posted by Josh Chamberlain

2 Comments - Buddha's Hand Oolong

Anonymous (not verified) October 25, 2015

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I have seen similar large tender fleshy leaves on polyploid tea plants derived from ex Sri Lankan clone - in fact I exported some very similar to Hawaii in 2001. Nigel at Teacraft

Josh Chamberlain November 05, 2015

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Thanks for reading Nigel! Good to know.

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