2020 Winter QingXin Oolong Ali Shan
Winter Flagship Oolong
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand : November 7th, 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. There is also some white color, which is the bud. The brew's color is a bright, shiny yellow. It has a very good transparency. The open leaves are big and have a fresh and light color with some oxidation marks.
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 winter Oolong comes from the same farmer as this spring. I met the farmer in April as I was inspecting a map on the side of the road. The farmer offered to help me with my search of Jinxuan, even though he had sold out his already. 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 later looking for some Qingxin Oolong, I visited him again and found a simple, unpretentious high mountain Oolong with a great value! My customers must have enjoyed it, because it sold out much faster than my other teas! That's why I've doubled my purchase quantity this time. It's a very fine, well balanced high mountain Oolong at a very reasonable price!