1998 Hung Shui Oolong from Lishan regularly roasted
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand: 1998
Origin: Lishan, center of Taiwan (2000 m)
Process: High mountain Oolong that was roasted every 2 years approximately. Aging: by the original tea farmer.
Usually, rolled Oolong tend to unfurl with time. With this aged Oolong, there's been some unfurling, but less than what one would expect from a 20 years old Oolong. The most likely reason for this is the rather strong roast that these leaves have been subjected to at regular intervals. This has stiffened the leaves and prevented them from opening up more. The brew has a concentrated dark orange/brown color with an excellent transparency and shine. The open leaves show a rather strong roast level.
The dry leaves have scents of roasted bread, leather and nuts. The smell of brewed leaves is very roasted, but the brew itself is much more malty, whisky like with notes of over ripe fruits and cereals. Its cold scent is intense and almost intoxicating!
Excellent sweetness and thickness. It coats the palate with pleasure. A very light touch of roasted bitterness, And very little sourness thanks to the regular roasting. There's even still some freshness in the aftertaste. Very clean and powerful.
Conclusion: this is a rare aged Oolong from Lishan. Its regular roasting appeals more to those who prefer their Oolong well roasted, but it still has good potential for further aging and tastes amazing in an Yixing zisha teapot.