Shanlinxi Organic "Turquoise Dew" Oolong Tea - Spring 2018
Brand: Taiwan Sourcing
This tea is part of our new oolong production line which applied the newly developed processing method. We are also happy to have a Shanlinxi tea back to us with a fresh new organic character since it is extremely difficult to find organic plantation this clean in Shanlinxi.
Shanlinxi is an area that is very close to Zhushan and Lugu area, so the range of elevation is very wide. Normally Zhushan tea is also being sold as "Shanlinxi" as well, but for Zhushan tea we already have other twos ready for this season, so this will be a genuine Shanlinxi, just with a little lower elevation but clean and organic plantation that is rare in the area.
Like our other oolong teas, this tea works to de-emphasize the concept of "higher (elevation) is better", and despite being lower elevation, our "new" Shanlinxi will perform very differently than any other Shanlinxi you might find in the market. The whole character still carries that "mineral" feeling on the palate, except that it is more humble with a fruit nectar character inside your throat after swallowing it carefully. Thanks to this unique character we are able to name it "Turquoise Dew" which describes that dual character of mineral and sweetness perfectly.
Harvest: Spring 2018 / 春 貳零壹捌
Varietal: Qing Xin Oolong / 青心烏龍
Elevation: 1100 M / 壹仟壹佰 公尺
Region: Shanlinxi / 杉林溪
Fermentation Level: 25% / 分之 廿伍
Roast Level: 0 / 無
This tea is a success in the process, but an old dog found it very difficult to describe what it is at the beginning. This tea did not show its potential until two weeks after it was totally finished (which means its refine drying process). You won't find the typical harshness in the jade oolong you would encounter in the market, because this is not a jade oolong even though it looks like one from its appearance. The first thing you will immediately notice is the sweet nectar like aroma that resembles the aroma of "bug bitten-ness," and such character was created thanks to the mature processing rather than it being actual bitten by the bugs. The tea is of course, is very tasty after an old dog's hesitation was cleared, but an old dog thinks what makes this a truly exceptional tea is that it thoroughly explains the terroir of Shanlinxi without much fancy makeup from artificial fertilizer and so.