2020 Winter Organic Qilan Baozhong
Cultivar: Qilan (also known as Wu Qilan, black Qilan)
Harvested by hand: November 4th, 2020
Origin: Pinglin, Wenshan
Process: Lightly oxidized Baozhong, twisted leaves, well dried, no stems.
The dry leaves are either dark or vivid green. The clear brew is dark yellow. The open leaves are quite large and lightly oxidized.
The dry scents have cold mountain scents. There are notes of pine trees and moss. If feels almost like perfume. The brew has fragrances of flowers and of melting snow! Dark and yet fresh scents coexist in harmony in the cup.
The taste is clean and sweet. The taste is light and its coats the palate comfortably. It feels already gentle and refined.
Conclusion: As with the RouGui, this is a cultivar from WuYi, Fujian that is well adapted to Wenshan's terroir. Whereas high mountain Oolongs are almost exclusively based on Qingxin Oolong, Wenshan Baozhong are made from a very diverse and broad range of cultivars. And it's interesting to compare this organic Baozhong with its spring version!