2017 Spring Qingxin Oolong Da Yu Ling 90K
The king of High Mountain Oolong
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand: April 15th, 2017
Origin: Da Yu Ling (2100 m), 90 K.
Process: Light oxidized and rolled Oolong
The dry leaves are big and have a vivid green/blue hue. The brew has great clarity and transparency with a very fresh yellow color. The open leaves are big and have no red edges, sign of a very low oxidation.
The dry leaves smell like fresh lavender! The brew's scents are fresh and fruity with notes of peaches.
Despite the apparent lightness of these 3 grams of Oolong, tasting this tea reveals all its power. The beginning is very sweet and light, though. There's also a nice coating and freshness in the mouth. Swallowing is a real pleasure. It's so smooth and silky. But then there is this powerful and deep feeling coming from the throat. A wave of energy seems unleashed. And there is this wonderful, sweet and 'spring' fresh aftertaste in the mouth! And all this only using 3 grams of tea in competition mode (6 minutes brew)!
Conclusion: Da Yu Ling is indeed the King of High Mountain Oolongs! Brewing tip: to enjoy the light and elegant scents, use a baotai teapot or gaiwan for brewing. And don't use too many leaves!