2013 Spring Concubine Oolong from Feng Huang (Dong Ding)
Cultivar: Qingxin (Ruanzhi) Oolong
Origin: Feng Huang (Dong Ding), Taiwan
Elevation: 700 meters
Harvested by hand on April 2nd, 2013
Process: Organic plantation, high oxidized, rolled and medium roasted.
The scents of red, exotic and ripe fruits coat the mouth and seem to never leave. The cold scent is all honey.The most amazing about this tea is its natural, mellow mouthfeel. Even after 6 minutes, there's no uncomfortable bitterness or astringency. This tea tastes sweet and smooth. And, despite the strong flavors, the mouth remains clean and bright. It feels like a sunny afternoon in these tea fields. A taste of nature.
It's feminine and pure like the first kiss of a countryside gal. The pleasure is guilt free (there are no artificial flavors or sugar). It's a real taste. Nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to regret. I love this rich, ripe honey-dipped fruity taste. It's also warm and comforting in its aftertaste. And again, amazingly natural.
The mature leaves are almost completely oxidized. The buds are less oxidized and we can see signs of insect bites confirming the lack of pesticides. This creates this incredible deep taste and fine fragrances. The leaves are not as uniform and neat as usual. This is another sign that this tea field is managed in an organic, natural manner. And it feels!
This Concubine Oolong is also a very good candidate for aging. The roasting hasn't turned the leaves stiff, hard, but has dried them sufficiently to improve with time.
Read my Chaxi experience here.
Scents of freshly baked butter and cinnamon rolls rise from the dry leaves upon opening the package.
The tea is sweet, rich and mellow, even improved from the last time I ordered it. So comforting!
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