Spring 2008 'Honey' light roasted Oolong from Shan Lin Xi

  A forgotten tea

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Price: $ 27.00

Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand: April 29th, 2008

Origin: Shan Lin Xi
Process: light oxidation and roasting

Storage: vacuum sealed packs of 50 gr kept in my home since 2008 without any new roasting.

1. View.
The dry Oolong leaves have started to unfurl with time. The color of the leaves is a little uneven now, because this color changes according to the maturity and degree of moisture inside the leaf. The color would be more even if we applied a new roast on these leaves.
This brew has a good clarity and an dark yellow hue.

2. Smell
The dry leaves display an intoxicating scent of aged Oolong. It mixes well with the other scents: ripe fruits, forest, malt... The tea itself has scents of caramel.

 3. Taste
When pushed to its limits, this old tea displays some tannins, but also good overall harmony and a powerful aftertaste. It's pretty mellow and there's still a lot of freshness in the finish of this tea.
Conclusion: I had forgotten about this 'Honey' Oolong for over 8 years. It's interesting to see the transformation it underwent in this time. The fact that it was vacuum-sealed slowed down this process, but didn't stop it. This shows how much aging potential High Mountain Qingxin Oolong has, provided it has been well dried with a light roast when it was made.

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