2015 Spring Competition Hung Shui Oolong from Dong Ding

  A cousin of WuYi 

 

 

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Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested : April 16, 2015
Origin: Dong Ding area
Process: Rolled Oolong with a low to medium oxidation, medium to strong roast and few stems.

1. View.
  The brew has an excellent transparency. The color is dark orange.

2. Scents
Dry, the smells have some smoke and malt scents. The brew itself has very ripe or even oven backed fruit scents like apples and peaches. It's a very traditional roasted Dong Ding taste. The smoky element is caused by the recent roasting, but it's not overwhelming or out of balance with the other flavors.
3. Taste
In competition mode (3 grams for 6 minutes), I noticed a good harmony in the taste and a long lasting aftertaste. The taste is soft, mellow but powerful and well balanced. The absence of defects is quite remarkable. Even this 6 minutes brew is very enjoyable. This tea also has a delicious 'Wuyi suan', a slightly sour/astringent note that makes the mouth salivate with pleasure.

 We can see that the leaves opening up and turning green again. This is a good sign that the 'Hungpei' (roasting) has well preserved the freshness of these leaves.

Brewing techniques and advice for this tea:

1. Using a good Yixing zisha teapot can help smoothen and deepen the taste. But you can also brew it in a gaiwan to distinguish its aromas more precisely.
2. The first pours should be rather slow, since the roast is very recent. (Water still needs to have reached boiling point. Don't lower the temperature, or it will taste dull, but pour with care.)
3. The longer you let it rest in a porcelain jar, the more it will loose this dry roasting. Then, it will be possible to use more strength in the first pours.
4. Brew it with relatively fewer leaves the first times. The recent roast increases the flavors' strength, so it's wise to compensate with fewer leaves. Otherwise, you may be surprised by a brew that is too concentrated for your taste. 

Conclusion: The sweet depth of this competition Dong Ding Oolong is a beautiful example of Taiwan's most traditional Hung Shui Oolong. It has a storage potential of several decades.

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