Paguashan Wu Yi Natural Farming "Frost Earl" Bug Bitten Oolong Tea - Winter 2021
Just as we were convinced "Nectar Earl" was a one-off experience, this season's "Overlord" gave us a huge surprise again. There is a twist added to this season's material as well, namely a "Winter Rhythm" character that we never had on a Wu Yi varietal.
People that know Taiwan Sourcing will recognize that the plantation that grows "Overlord" has been the source of some of our most excellent teas. Gratefully, this plantation gave us another milestone tea again this winter. We received another great gift from the nature thanks to the persistent collaboration with great farmers. Such a long term collaboration could not be achieved without tea lovers support and trust. A simple "Thank you!" to you all may be mundane at this moment, but such gratitude will never grow old as material like this keeps showing up on our journey.
"Frost" seems to be an apt way to describe the crisp, refreshing flavor of this winter tea, a cooling present to enjoy on a sultry day. The slight flavor of mint or even lemongrass is characteristic of Wu Yi varietals and apparent also in the Overlord series teas. Unlike the Overlords, however, this tea carries both "winter rhythm" and "bug bitten-ness" at the same time. If you missed "Nectar Earl" from the spring of 2020, this "Frozen Earl" will provide a deeper look of this unique varietal of Taiwan. "Frost Earl" is a comprehensive representation of some of the most interesting tea characteristics that are so rarely found in one single tea and at such a high quality of production.
In short, not only we made an outstanding spring version Overlord this year, we also produced this unprecedented and unusual tea from the same varietal. One must resist the urge to consume this tea, for its infinite aging potential is beyond our imagination. Please reserve some for aging, people!
Harvest: Winter 2021 / 冬 貳零貳壹
Varietal: Wu Yi / 武夷
Elevation: 450 M / 肆佰伍拾 公尺
Region: Paguashan / 八卦山
Fermentation Level: 35 % / 分之 參拾 伍
Roast Level: 2 / 貳 分
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