2019 Spring 'Subtropical Forest' Baozhong
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand: May 6th, 2019
Origin: Pinglin, Wenshan region.
Process: Light to medium oxidized Baozhong, insect bitten, twisted, no stems, well dried.
The dry leaves are vivid green, long and thin. The open leaves show insect bites and oxidation on their edge. Insect bites are rare in spring and a very good sign regarding the lack of pesticides. These bites start the oxidation before the harvest and intensifies the aromas. The brew has a deep yellow hue with a very good transparency.
The dry scents remind me of marshmallow, which is a very good sign for Baozhong. The brew has notes of the subtropical forest surrounding the Wenshan tea plantations. There are also slight honey fragrances thanks to the jassid bites.
The taste is very sweet and has a elegant aftertaste.
Conclusion: This Subtropical Forest Baozhong is really outstanding this year. It combines the quality of the most traditional Wenshan Baozhong cultivar (qingxin Oolong) with the natural taste of a jassid bitten tea! This year this is the Must Buy Baozhong! You will discover that despite using the same leaves at a similar oxidation level, Baozhongs have their own light flavor profile, very different from high mountain Oolong.