We began to offer this Wu Yi black tea since last summer, and we did not have enough knowledge to understand it completely when we encountered it the first time. All we knew was that it was definitely special, or say, this particular plantation cultivated by Mr. Shi was very different from anything we had before, and thus began the new chapter of Taiwan Sourcing to provide a whole new line-up of tea to the world.
It has been over a year since our first encounter, and in the past 12 months we have been learning a lot of new knowledge about tea processing, which includes black tea experiment as well. We would not say this is an "improvement" of our last year version, but for it being specially categorized as a new tea of 2018 means it is a little bit different than the 2017 version. With a new level of understanding of fermentation, this years Wu Yi black tea carries an apparent cinnamon aroma, and a thicker body to the mouth compared to the 2017 version.
We should have named our 2017 version of this black tea "Enlightened" when we discovered it because this was the tea which triggered us to explore the new boundary of Taiwanese tea, but we were not sure about what we realized at the time, and thus the name was not given. However, the inspiration from that tea has sprouted into a whole new understanding, and we believe the expectation from that inspiration was fulfilled this year with this tea. Now we can proudly name this Wu Yi black tea from Pauguashan with a name it deserves - "Enlightment", the tea that enlightened us.
Harvest: Summer 2017 / 夏 貳零壹柒
Varietal: Wu Yi / 武夷
Elevation: 400 M / 肆佰 公尺
Region: Paguashan / 八卦山
Fermentation Level: 85% / 分之 捌拾
Roast Level: 0 / 無
Herbaceous citrus and what to my senses was a mind clearing aroma in the dry and wet leaf. Steeped 3g cupping style. Smooth and medium to full body with high notes of cinnamon for sure. It's a satisfying tea that might not enlighten you, but it might shed some dusk rays on your face so you can practice letting go a bit more.