2021 Spring QingXin Oolong Ali Shan
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand : April 23rd, 2021
Origin: RuiFeng, Ali Shan (1200 m)
Process: Light oxidized and rolled Oolong
The dry leaves are rather small and of a fresh yellow/green color. The brew's color is a bright yellow/orange. This is a sign of a good oxidation and high concentration level. It has a very good transparency. The open leaves are small and have a fresh green 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 beautiful floral and buttery notes. It's close to perfume level in terms of finesse.
3. The taste
The taste of this Oolong is mellow, powerful and refined. Despite a 6 minutes test brew, there's no bitterness or astringency! It has a good aftertaste and feels full of energy.
Conclusion: The quality of this lot is insane. Usually, when I have to select a tea, it takes me several minutes to make up my mind. Often, only details or character (style) is what differentiates one high mountain from another. But for this farm, this particular lot stands head and shoulders above the others. Its fragrance is on a perfume level instead of being simply flowery and fresh. And the taste is sweet with good aftertaste. This year's lack of rain has produced Oolongs that are more concentrated in aromas. The prices are a little bit higher, because the lack of rain also means lower yields and also because the quality is so much better than usual!