2018 Spring Lishan Osmanthus Oolong
Cultivar: Qingxin Oolong
Harvested: Spring 2018
Origin: Lishan, central Taiwan (1900 m)
Process: lightly oxidized, rolled Oolong, scented with real osmanthus flowers growing at the tea farm, well dried No artificial scents.
The dry leaves look like typical high mountain Oolong. The brew is slightly darker and more oxidized, because when you bring tea leaves in contact with flowers, the tea absorbs some of their moisture along with the scents. This leads to some oxidation and explains why the tea has to be dried afterwards. There may be a few remaining flower petals in the tea, but most are taken away.
Amazing osmanthus scents. Pure and natural. They marry perfectly with the Oolong aromas.
Clean and sweet, this tea has a delicate and long aftertaste. Very refined.
Conclusion: Usually, tea farmers scent their lower grade teas with osmanthus, but here the farmer used top quality spring Lishan Oolong for this purpose. The result is amazing! Very limited supply.