Ying Xiang varietal has been something very special to us since we met the Yang family. It has a modern character that only belongs to the 21st century, but that does not make it a superficial tea varietal. Instead, its unique varietal is getting more attention season after season as we discover the new potential for it. This is why this "Apple Magpie" got its name.
"Higher (elevation) is not always better" has became our signature when delivering a tea. What truly matters is the clean material and a mature understanding of processing, both of which are embodied in this tea. This Ying Xiang is cultivated in Dazuan village, a place which only has an elevation of about 350 meters. You will not be able to tell the elevation is "low" thanks to the mature processing technique and refined drying from charcoal roaster (which is the same on all our other oolongs from this season). The plantation is being properly managed by Mr. Yang and his family, and our processing works perfectly with their material.
The name "Apple Magpie" does not mean this tea has an apple character (or maybe it has to some objectively?). The reason for this name came from a type of bread that was only produced in Taiwan called "Apple Bread" which does not contain any apple element within but pure wheat. Since apple was considered as a precious fruit during the era inventor Mr. Liu was living, he gave this name "Apple Bread" as a sign of high quality bread. This tea has a super sweet aroma that resembles this type of bread which caught us totally off guard while brewing it, and the name "Apple Magpie" naturally came to our mind. Whether you have tried "Apple Bread" or not while visiting Taiwan, this season's "Apple Magpie" will give you a big smile of sweetness.
Harvest: Winter 2021 / 冬 貳零貳壹
Varietal: Ying Xian / 迎香
Elevation: 350 M / 參佰伍拾 公尺
Region: Dazuan / 大庄
Fermentation Level: 25% / 分之 廿伍
Roast Level: 1 / 壹