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2020 Spring Qingxin Oolong Shan Lin Xi Day1

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Cultivar: Qingxin Oolong

Harvested: by hand on May 2nd, 2020. Day 1 of this plantation's harvest.

Origin: Yang Keng section, Shan Lin Xi (1300 m)

Process: Lightly oxidized, rolled Oolong, dried with a light roast

1. The view

The dry leaves are rather small with various green colors. The brew has a very good golden transparency. The open leaves are uneven in size and shape, but generally very tender. This tea garden had been cut down after last year's spring harvest. This would make it easier to be harvested and reduce the yield, but increase the concentration of aromas. The other effect is leaves that don't grow very evenly.

2. The scents

The dry leaves explode with fragrances ranging from bamboo forest, pine, flowers and fruits. The brew is exuberant with all kind of fresh, high mountain fragrances.

3. The taste

The taste is pure, zesty and powerful. It coats the palate, triggers salivation and prolongs the aftertaste with a pleasant sweet and lightly astringent taste. 

Conclusion: Theses Oolong leaves come from day 1 of the harvest from this well managed plantation. We can see that some big bamboo shoots are growing within the tea bushes as the farmer doesn't use any herbicides and only organic fertilizer. The plantation receives a good mix of sunshine and fog, as I could experience during my visit. This is how the freshness of the leaves is so well preserved. And if these leaves are rather small, it's because the farmer didn't hesitate to harvest them in an early stage, on a sunny day, in order to achieve more concentrated aromas. This batch displays a very powerful and masculine character and it's interesting to compare it with the batch from the next day, which is much more refined and mellow! It's amazing how 1 day can make such a difference!

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