2020 Spring Qingxin Oolong Shan Lin Xi Day 2
Cultivar: Qingxin Oolong
Harvested: by hand on May 3rd, 2020. Day 2 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. They are darker than on Day 1 of the harvest. 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 have fragrances ranging from bamboo forest, pine, flowers and fruits. The brew features lots of fresh, high mountain fragrances. There's even a little honey aroma!
3. The taste
The taste is pure, zesty and elegant. It coats the palate, triggers salivation and prolongs the aftertaste with a pleasant sweet and lightly astringent taste. It tastes more refined, more feminine than the Day 1 batch. That's why it feels a lot like Lishan, thanks to its outstanding concentration.
Conclusion: Theses Oolong leaves come from day 2 of the harvest from this well managed plantation. I took the pictures of the plantation one day after the end of the harvest (May 4th). And on that day I could photograph the little green tea jassid, the same insect that is biting Oriental Beauty leaves! The presence of the bamboo shoots and this insect are all good evidence of the outstanding natural management of this plantation. Another good sign is the presence of lots of small leaves and buds after the harvest. Why? Because this preserves strength for the trees not to be completely emptied of leaves. Besides, the farmer is only harvesting his plantation in spring and winter. This is also helping to use less (organic) fertilizer and have more concentrated aromas in the leaves. As for the difference between day 1 and 2, it's also due to the tea making process. The result is never exactly the same. But if on day 1 it tastes powerful like Da Yu Ling and on day2 it tastes refined as Lishan, this means that this plantation is very well managed and that we are very fortunate to have found it!