2018 Spring Qingxin Oolong Fushou Shan
The president's tea
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand : May 17th, 2018
Origin: Fushou Shan (Lishan) Elevation: 2200-2500 m
Process: Light to medium oxidized, rolled by hand and dried Oolong
The Fushou Shan plantation was established during Chiang Ching-Kuo's presidency (Chiang Kai-Shek's son). It's managed by retired generals and has very close ties to the state and the military (during the dictatorship, this was the same thing!). Thanks to this connection, Oolong from Fushou Shan is one of the favorite tea gift that state and army officials can receive. Like a gift from the emperor, such official gifts carry a symbolic value about a position's importance and power. Does Taiwan's political elite drink good tea? Let's find out.
The dry leaves have a light green color and are not tightly rolled. The brew is a bright yellow gold color with excellent transparency. The open leaves are big and have traces of a higher than usual oxidation level.
The brew has high notes of spring flowers and lavender.
Fresh and sweet, refined and powerful. This Oolong has everything! The aftertaste runs deep and long.
Conclusion: The Fushou Shan plantation has again produced a more than impressive high mountain Oolong this spring. The other good news is that the price has come down a little bit after the peak in spring 2017. Besides, this tea is now packaged by 25 gr or 75 gr, which also helps to make this heavenly tea more affordable!