2021 Spring Qingxin Oolong Shan Lin Xi
Cultivar: Qingxin Oolong
Harvested: by hand on May 2nd, 2021. Second day 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 year's drought has reduced the growth of leaves on this plantation. Some tea bushes didn't produce any leaves at all!
2. The scents
For this batch, the leaves have the typical fragrances of Shan Lin Xi Oolong. 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: It took 3 days to harvest this tea plantation this year (May 1st, 2nd and 7th). On May 1st, the leaves were not oxidized enough, while on the 7th, the freshness and light flowery fragrances were lacking. It's on May 2nd, this batch, that we come closest to what Shan Lin Xi should smell and taste like. That's why, I have selected this lot. The pictures I have posted show how quickly the weather can turn cloudy in the early afternoon. These clouds are also the reason why high mountain Oolong from Shan Lin Xi has such a great freshness!