2016 Spring Foshou Oolong from Wenshan
Cultivar: Foshou Oolong (Buddha Hand)
Harvested by hand on April 19th, 2016
Origin: Pinglin area, Wenshan, North Taiwan
Process: Light to medium oxidation, rolled Oolong without roast, with stems.
The dry leaves of the Buddha Hand cultivar are huge! They are the biggest leaves used for Oolong. They are so big, that some farmers even use them to make (fake) shu puerh!
The name Buddha Hand comes not just from the large size of the open leaves, but originally it refers to the Foshou (Buddha hand) fruit (see the last picture). This large yellow fruit is from the same family as lemons. It's this Oolong's light astringency and lemon scent that have also inspired its name.
The brew's color between yellow and orange indicates a light to medium oxidation level.
The presence of stems reduces the cost of the tea, but their impact on the tea is mellow. If you remove the stems yourself, you can increase the concentration of aromas. But like this you are getting a very pleasant and sweet taste with a bright fizz feeling.
The scents are very typical of Wenshan's dark subtropical forest! Luscious orchid flowers, lime scents... It's a very different experience compared to all other Oolongs.
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