2023 Spring QingXin Oolong Ali Shan - ChangShuHu
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand: April 26, 2023
Origin: ChangShuHu, Ali Shan (1300m)
Process: Lightly oxidized and rolled Oolong.
1. The view
Large dark green and light yellow dry green leaves. The brew's color is a bright, light and shiny yellow. It has a very good transparency. The open leaves are dark green, a sign that they've received plenty of sunshine. Their oxidation is very light.
2. The scents
The dry floral scent are light, fresh and foresty. It has hints of lavender and pine. The brew is a bouquet of lily flowers with hints of peaches.
3. The taste
Sweet, it feels buttery, pure and fresh. It leaves a pleasant and long lasting aftertaste.
Conclusion: this Alishan Oolong is top notch. It's on the green and fresh side, but it brings a lot of sweetness. It's exactly how you expect a great high mountain Oolong to taste! Even brewed in competition style, it tastes wonderful! This spring's conditions were difficult for high mountain Oolong: a lack of winter rain caused a draught and farmers had to spray water on the plants. This artificial addition of water isn't as equal as rain and the trees have been growing unevenly, causing lots of headaches. This plantation, however, managed to grow its leaves without added water. This has increased the concentration, purity of the taste and large, but even leaves.