Organic Yu Shan Taiwanese Oolong - Winter Harvest

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Butter, Coriander, Cream, Floral, Grass, Green Apple, Herbaceous, Honeysuckle, Lilac, Lily, Melon, Orchid, Spinach, Sweet, Vanilla, Vegetal, Cucumber, Fruity, Grapes, Caramelized Sugar, Coconut, Egg, Ginger, Grass Seed, Honeydew, Kabocha, Lime, Mint, Nutmeg, Pine, Smooth, Soft, Spring Water, Sugar
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195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “Thanks to Derk for this generous sample. I think I’ve had one Yushan oolong before, but it wasn’t memorable. I have higher expectations for this one! I steeped the entire 6 g in 120 ml of 195F...” Read full tasting note
  • “Another sample courtesy of derk. My session was kind of rushed so I didn’t take the best notes. The enormous green leaves had a faint floral aroma which turned cucumber-like and fruity after a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “The leaf transforms the frantic energy of boiling water into the slow and deliberate process of a lily in bloom. Subtle and soft, absolutely stunning! Perfect bowl tea with long steeps, many...” Read full tasting note

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This high mountain organic tea from Yu Shan (Jade Mountain) has an incredible fragrance of refreshing, concentrated florals and alpine air. It’s soft, lush, and supple in the mouth with a nice thick feeling in the mouth after swallowing. Highly recommended!

Hand-picked, Qingxin cultivar. Winter 2021 harvest.

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Thanks to Derk for this generous sample. I think I’ve had one Yushan oolong before, but it wasn’t memorable. I have higher expectations for this one! I steeped the entire 6 g in 120 ml of 195F water for 25, 20, 25, 30, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds, plus some long, uncounted steeps.

The dry aroma is very floral—lily, lilac, honeysuckle, orchid—with some herbaceous undertones. The first steep has all these floral notes, along with spinach, cream, grass, and vanilla. Butter, herbs, and ethereal florals are more prominent in steep two, which has a nice, thick body. The next two steeps bring soft, creamy florals, coriander, and something that could be melon. Unlike Derk, I’m really not getting much fruit here. The next few steeps are more grassy and herbaceous, though I do get hints of melon and green apple. The florals, spinach and grass continue through the final steeps.

This tea is very soft, and many of the more interesting flavours fade quickly. I would have liked more fruit and vanilla, though the tea remained quite sweet throughout the session. This could be due to its age, or to the fact that the sample has been in a plastic baggie for a while. If all Yushan teas have a similar profile, I’d be happy to try more of them, though I’ll always prefer fruitier oolongs.

Flavors: Butter, Coriander, Cream, Floral, Grass, Green Apple, Herbaceous, Honeysuckle, Lilac, Lily, Melon, Orchid, Spinach, Sweet, Vanilla, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Another sample courtesy of derk.

My session was kind of rushed so I didn’t take the best notes. The enormous green leaves had a faint floral aroma which turned cucumber-like and fruity after a rinse. Took quite a few steeps for the flavor to develop. Mellow with gentle florals, a pear like fruitiness, and a candied sweetness once it cools. Being a year old, some of its oomph is understandably lost but it still gives a nice glimpse of its past glory.

Cold brewing brings out a much livelier flavor. Clean, fruity, and refreshing with a green grape crispness and lingering floral aftertaste.

Flavors: Cucumber, Floral, Fruity, Grapes

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The leaf transforms the frantic energy of boiling water into the slow and deliberate process of a lily in bloom. Subtle and soft, absolutely stunning! Perfect bowl tea with long steeps, many refills. The deeper notes come out much later. Curious how a gongfu session presents.

A repurchase for sure. I remember having a Yu Shan oolong from Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company early in my journey. This one lives up to the memory. Some of it will be coming your way, Leafhopper :)

Feeling: contemplative, soft and soothing, yin

Flavors: Butter, Caramelized Sugar, Coconut, Cream, Egg, Floral, Ginger, Grass Seed, Honeydew, Kabocha, Lily, Lime, Mint, Nutmeg, Pine, Smooth, Soft, Spinach, Spring Water, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla

Leafhopper

Thanks! I was just going to comment saying I wish I’d decided to buy this. :)

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