2021 Spring Concubine Oolong from Shan Lin Xi
Cultivar: qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested: May 9th, 2021
Origin: Shan Lin Xi (1200 m)
Process: jassid bitten leaves with strong oxidation and medium, slow roast. Also called Mixiang Oolong (Honey scent Oolong) or Guei Fei Oolong.
The dry leaves are rolled and have a dark brown color. The brew is shiny and clear. The color is a dark orange with shades of brown. The leaves open up well and show signs of insect bites.
The dry scents are subdued and like sealed inside the leaves. The brew's scents remind me of dark, syrupy molasse. There are still ripe, honey and red fruits: currant, cherries. The oxidation level seems even stronger than in 2020.
Very pure, clean and sweet. No bitterness or sourness. Just some drying sensation in the back of the throat. The impact on the body is very warming. This tea resonates thanks to a sweet coating in the whole mouth. It lingers in a very deep and slowly building aftertaste. The high mountain origin of this tea adds a lot of power, sweetness and clarity.
Pairing advice: This aromatic and powerful tea is an ideal candidate for pairing with a meal or dish that would call for a fruity red wine. A good example would be Thai cuisine.