2020 Spring 'Subtropical Forest' Baozhong
Cold Subtropical forest
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested by hand: March 29th, 2020
Origin: Pinglin, Wenshan region.
Process: Lightly oxidized Baozhong, twisted, no stems, well dried.
The dry leaves are dark green, small and thin. The open leaves show a light oxidation with little red color on the edge. The brew has a pale yellow hue with a good transparency.
The dry scents are very light and flowery. The brew has high notes of flowers growing in a cold subtropical forest.
The taste is very sweet and has a good aftertaste. Elegant.
Conclusion: This Subtropical Forest Baozhong is very unusual due to a very cold spring season this year. This has slowed down the growth of the leaves and has reduced the oxidation of the leaves. The result is a Wenshan Baozhong that comes very close to the scents of high mountain Oolongs! Therefore it's a great bargain if you enjoy the light aromas of high mountain Oolong!
Brewing tip: Baozhong with very light oxidation isn't well suited for long brews, because it can turn bitter if you're using a lot of leaves. So, this year, I recommend to brew this Baozhong in rather short steeps (in the beginning).