Organic Chingjing High Mountain Oolong Spring 2017

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Butter, Cinnamon, Citrusy, Coconut, Corn Husk, Cream, Floral, Garden Peas, Gardenias, Herbs, Lemon, Menthol, Nuts, Osmanthus, Pastries, Pepper, Pine, Plants, Popcorn, Round , Smooth, Spinach, Squash Blossom, Sugarcane, Vanilla, Vegetal
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Certification
Organic
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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 oz / 83 ml

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  • “Purchased at the SF Tea Fest. This organic gaoshan was offered as a replacement for the Spring 2018 harvest that had already sold out by the time we rolled around on Sunday afternoon. Tillerman...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This review is for the Spring 2017 Gaoshan. This Gaoshang is great quality. The flavor is buttery, fresh corn, pine, tulips, and daisies. I got 9 infusions and the leave expanding into giant...” Read full tasting note

From Tillerman Tea

A USDA certified Organic Gaoshan (High Mountain) oolong. The tea liquor is a beautiful medium green gold color. With spicy, buttery notes on the palate and a very long and satisfying finish this tea represents the best of Taiwan Gaoshan tea.

Yen Ching-Yu (Katie)
Grown at an elevation of 1800 meters on Chinjing Mountain in central Taiwan (Nantou County) this tea from Katie Yen is farmed without the use of pesticides or herbicides, It is USDA certified organic. The dry leaf is loosely rolled semi ball shape and has a nice spice aroma; the infused leaf reveals wonderful leaf sets of a deep jade color. The tea liquor is a clear medium green gold color. The nose displays wonderful spring fragrances of pine and floral notes. In the mouth the high pectin levels make the tea viscous, full bodied and round. The tea has good grip at the back of the mouth. There is a distinct buttery quality to the flavor followed by a long and satisfying finish where the spiciness reveals itself again. This is an exceptionally fine example of Taiwan Gaoshan tea.

Grower: Yen Ching-Yu
Cultivar: Qing Xin Oolong
Region: Chingjing Mountain Nantou County
Altitude: 1800m
Harvest: May 17, 2017
Oxidation: 20%
Unroasted

Brewing Suggestions:
To prepare this tea in the traditional gongfu style use a gaiwan or Yixing pot and 6 grams of tea per 100ml of water at 212°F. Steep for 25 seconds. Reduce time to 20 seconds for the second steep and then increase with each subsequent steep.

For an 8 oz. cup, use between 3-5 grams of tea, about a heaping teaspoon. Pour water at 212°F (100° C) over the leaves and steep for approximately 90 seconds. Always remember to adjust steeping time depending on water temperature, amount of tea you have and personal flavor preference. Increase time and temperature slightly with each infusion.

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Purchased at the SF Tea Fest. This organic gaoshan was offered as a replacement for the Spring 2018 harvest that had already sold out by the time we rolled around on Sunday afternoon. Tillerman Tea was probably my favorite booth at the fest. He and his partner were full of answers when I unloaded with questions, they presented not one gimmicky claim and I felt like there was no pressure to buy. I appreciated that given the overwhelming nature of the event. Most importantly, they let the tea speak for itself.

Gone gaiwan: 6g, 150mL, 212F, rinse (drank) plus 13 steeps starting at 10s.

The dry leaf is very fragrant with a range of florals including lilac, daffodil, hyacinth, gardenia and lily. It is also typically vegetal with some cream and butter. Warming brings out a hit of vanilla and fresh sugarcane. The rinse opens up the vegetal aroma into scents of spinach, pine, watercress and white pepper.

The first steep is thick, smooth, oily and round with no bitterness nor astringency despite using boiling water. The leaves open almost completely after the first steep. Daffodil and pine and very light vegetal and sweet lemon notes lead the way. These transition into stronger floral notes with additions of osmanthus and faint macadamia and dried coconut. Puff pastry presents as a long, coating aftertaste. I get a faint whiff of popcorn in the aroma and something spicy in the mouth, a tinge of cassia. Very relaxed and sweating.

With the fifth steep, the liquor lightens into fresh vegetal-herbaceous flavors including sugar snap peas, raw corn, fresh herbs, squash blossom and flower stems. A faint astringency becomes noticeable, along with some cooling menthol that coats the back of the tongue and light minerals which make my tongue tingle. I notice a pleasant bite in the throat and the sugarcane returning sweetness. Butter comes through moderately in the aftertaste.

With the eighth steep, the florals finally begin their fade and give way to a thinner brew highlighted by cream, light sweet vanilla, cooked yellow corn, minerals and some lemon still noticeable around the salivary glands.

This seemed like a standout tea even almost 2 years past harvest. While predominantly a heady floral tea, the non-spinachy vegetal base provided a nice balance and the liquor was well rounded by sweet, buttery, pine/herbal, and citrusy qualities along with that slight spicy bite. I would definitely recommend this tea to somebody looking for a high-quality, organic gaoshan.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Citrusy, Coconut, Corn Husk, Cream, Floral, Garden Peas, Gardenias, Herbs, Lemon, Menthol, Nuts, Osmanthus, Pastries, Pepper, Pine, Plants, Popcorn, Round , Smooth, Spinach, Squash Blossom, Sugarcane, Vanilla, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Togo

Tillerman Tea was also one of my favourite booths at the Toronto Tea Festival. I chatted with David a bunch, even though I didn’t end up buying any tea there. I might order from them online though.

derk

Glad they were there and you enjoyed chatting with David! I’m really trying to drink down my oolong stash so I can make room for a variety of samples from their spring 2019 harvests. I especially want to try their Muzha Tieguanyin.

Togo

My favourites from the ones they served at the festival were the Cui Feng and the Sweet Scent Dong Ding. Muzha TGY is also good, but I generally don’t care too much about TGY cultivar.

derk

Unfortunately, I was so tea drunk and exhausted by the time I reached the Tillerman booth, I couldn’t remember the 4 teas I sampled :( ‘m not too fond of tieguanyin either, but I really enjoyed the Taiwanese one offered by Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company and want to try some from a different vendor. I see Tillerman has free North American shipping on all orders. That’s good news for you.

Daylon R Thomas

The Chingjing and Cuifeng were my favorites from the company so far, too, when I ordered online. The shipping was relatively quick for me.

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This review is for the Spring 2017 Gaoshan.

This Gaoshang is great quality. The flavor is buttery, fresh corn, pine, tulips, and daisies. I got 9 infusions and the leave expanding into giant monsters as wide as my palm.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/spring-2017-organic-chingjin-gaoshan-oolong-tillerman-tea/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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