2018 Winter Zhuo Yan Oolong from Shan Lin Xi
Cultivar: qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested: October 15th, 2018
Origin: Yang Keng, Shan Lin Xi (1300 m)
Process: heavily insect bitten leaves with low oxidation and strong, slow roast.
The dry leaves are rolled and have dark brown/green color. The brew is shiny and clear. The color is a dark orange/brown. The leaves open up well. They contain lots of buds.
The dry scents are sweet like freshly baked butter and cinnamon cookies. The brew's scents are much close to a strongly roasted Hung Shui Oolong, but there's an additional complexity and honey aroma coming from the jassid's bites.
Very pure, clean and sweet. The roasted astringency is very powerful at this stage. This will fade with time and proper aging (in a porcelain jar, for instance). This tea is very long lasting and has a nice throat feel. It coats the whole palate and stimulates the salivation.
Conclusion: The roasted characteristic of this tea is much more obvious than the jassid bites. But these bites add fruitier and sweeter aromas to this high mountain Oolong. And this in turn brings it closer to nice Wuyi Yan Cha! A must try!