2023 Spring QingXin Oolong Ali Shan - RuiFeng
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand : May 1st, 2023
Origin: RuiFeng, Ali Shan (1200 m)
Process: Light oxidized, rolled and dried leaves.
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 with oxidation marks on the edges.
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 fruity notes.
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 sweet and fruity.
Conclusion: the young farmer of this RuiFeng farm continues to produce outstanding high mountain Oolongs. This year's harvests were delayed by 10 days approximately due to the dry weather. Nevertheless, he has produced a nicely oxidized Oolong that emphasizes the fruity scents and sweetness of the tea. Last year, his spring production received a top prize at the famous Dong Ding Oolong competition (after it was roasted accordingly). This high mountain Oolong is the kind of more traditional flavor profile that is suitable to roast. But it can also be enjoyed fresh (unroasted) for its delicate fruity sweetness.