2019 Winter QingXin Oolong Ali Shan
The new 2019 flagship
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand: October 20th, 2019
Origin: ChangShuHu, Ali Shan (1300m)
Process: Lightly oxidized and rolled Oolong.
1. The view
Dark green and light yellow dry green leaves. The brew's color is a bright, light and shiny yellow. It has a very good transparency. The open leaves are light green, a sign that they've received less sunshine (due to the winter season). A stem usually holds 4 leaves and a bud: this is 'Zhong kai mian', a medium (standard) way of harvesting the leaves in the mountains.
2. The scents
The dry floral scent are light, fresh and fruity (papaya). Compared to spring, the winter fragrances are not as powerful and have fewer high notes.
3. The taste
But if the scents are less developed, the taste is thicker, sweeter. This batch has a particularly potent and pleasing lasting aftertaste. It lingers and coats the palate with a very nice cooling and sweet feeling.
Conclusion: the spring Alishan Oolong sold out just a couple of weeks ago. This winter Alishan Oolong is less a replacement than a complement, because the winter season has a profound impact on the flavors of the tea. But both seasons come with the same freshness and great value for a Taiwanese High Mountain Oolong!