2019 Winter Qingxin Oolong Tian Chi
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand: October 23th, 2019
Origin: Tian Chi (天池), near Fushou Shan Elevation: 2260-2500 m
Process: Light oxidization, rolled by hand and dried Oolong
The Tian Chi lake is located right next to Fushou Shan. The plantation there is one of the highest and most sought of in Taiwan. I'm very pleased that I was able to select it again this winter.
The dry leaves have vivid and varied green colors. The stems are still attached to the leaves, which are not rolled very tightly since the rolling was done by hand. The brew is a bright yellow/green gold color with excellent transparency. The open leaves are varied in shape, because the tea trees have varied expositions to the sun in this small plantation surrounded by tall pine trees.
The dry leaves have flowery, lavender and high mountain forest fragrances. The brew has high notes of spring flowers and white peaches. These scents are so pure and powerful. Amazing!
It doesn't get better for a high mountain Oolong in terms of sweetness, freshness, energy, aftertaste...
Conclusion: This is an outstanding high mountain Oolong. Grown above 2000 meters of elevation, it delivers power and finesse. It rivals the highest Da Yu Ling in terms of quality.