2022 Summer High mountain red from Alishan
Cultivar: Qingxin Oolong
Harvested by hand: June 26th, 2022
Origin: Alishan, Taiwan (1520 m)
Process: Fully oxidized and twisted buds and small leaves.
The leaves are much smaller and thinner than regular high mountain Oolong leaves. The spent leaves confirm the difference. The brew is red with a very good shine, clarity and transparency.
The dry leaves have a fresh scent with high notes that remind me of green apples. The brew has powerful fruity and fresh scent. It expresses the finesse of the Qingxin Oolong cultivar.
The taste is mostly sweet with a slight fresh sour note that adds aftertaste and high mountain character. The taste feels smooth and fresh, reflecting the high mountain terroir's weather conditions at the start of summer.
Conclusion: I found this farmer as I guided a French TV crew (TF1 station) in Alishan's tea region. The harvest season was behind us and we couldn't find any pickers in the tea fields. However, we saw this farmer and a staff who were busy weeding the tea plantation by hand. So, we stopped to film this plantation and interview the farmer. It just happened to be the highest plantation in ChangShuHu and the farmer is the cousin of another farmer I often purchase from! Seeing the care he puts into taking care of his field, I was eager to taste his latest production, a red tea. It's the first high mountain red I've selected (after lots of disappointments). I feel this red tea is in wonderful harmony with the high mountain and the summer season! Thanks to the organic approach and the selection of the most tender leaves, this red tea combines excellent quality with a very reasonable price.