2020 Spring QingXin Oolong Ali Shan
Alishan Competition Oolong
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand : April 25th, 2020
Origin: RuiFeng, Ali Shan (1200 m)
Process: Light oxidized and rolled Oolong
The dry leaves are rather large and of a fresh yellow/green color. The brew's color is a bright, pale yellow. This is a sign of a light oxidation. It has a very good transparency. The open leaves are big and have a fresh and light color.
2. The scents
The dry scents are typical of Alishan. Soft fragrances of high mountain pine trees and high mountain forest. The brew has fresh and floral notes.
3. The taste
The taste of this Oolong is particularly mellow and fine. Despite a 6 minutes test brew, there's no bitterness or astringency!
Conclusion: this Oolong is a typical Alishan competition Oolong, very fresh and mellow. It's very easy to brew and drink and therefore a good fit for beginners of as a everyday high mountain Oolong. It comes from a family plantation I met 3 weeks ago as I was inspecting a map on the side of the road. The farmer offered to help me with my search of Jinxuan Oolong when he heard about my quest. I followed him to his house and was quite impressed by his kindness, the management of his plantations and the clean and professional process. Despite being unable to help me at the time, he remained very kind and friendly. So, when I came back looking for some Qingxin Oolong, I visited him again and found this tea. Like the farmer, it's a simple, unpretentious Oolong, and it has a great value! That's why the farmer will submit this batch to the Alishan High Mountain Oolong competition.