Cuifeng High Mountain Oolong Spring 2018

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Cuifeng Gaoshan Wulong Cha (Cuifeng High Mountain Oolong Tea)
Chen Feng Yan and Chen Chung Chia
Cuifeng is a peak in the Lishan mountain range that is located in north-eastern Nantou County. The tightly rolled dark green leaves yield a brew that is golden yellow in color. The nose is rich and penetrating with notes of pine and spice. In the mouth Mr. Chen’s Cuifeng is rich and and viscous with a long and persistent finish. This is an exceptionally fine example of what good tea from Lishan should deliver. It remains one of my favorite teas in the Tillerman selection.

Grower: Chen Feng Yan
Tea Master: Chen Chung Chia
Cultivar: Qing Xin Wulong
Region: Cuifeng, Nantou County
Altitude: 1800 m
Harvest: April 26, 2018
Oxidation: 21%

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 (100° C). Steep for 20 seconds. Reduce time to 15 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, for an 8 oz. cup. Pour water at 212°F (100° C) over the leaves and steep for approximately 60 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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1513 tasting notes

I had the opportunity to try this one in a new drinking vessel, a lovely easy clay gaiwan my Aunt sent. I was able to isolate the flavors of this Cuifeng because of it, and enjoyed this tea all the better. I think that the vessel is super small, not exceeding three ounces, perhaps less. I just used enough leaves to fill it up.

So breaking it up, I brewed this starting off with 20 sec. Not to much except coriander and sugarcane, albeit sweet and crystalline. Next was fifteen, and immensely sweet. Brown sugar, lilac, more coriander. Third was 20, and immense lilac and lavender. Four was as lovely as three, being creamier and more lavender like. Five was surprising: cedar. Yes, cedar or something spruce like and sugarcane. Six at 40 sec cucumber, and something vaguely fruity, and hyacinth. Seven-no idea, maybe 50 sec, osmanthus. Eight-one minute or more-rose. Nine- I do not know other than green oolong or cucumber, maybe mineral. A bit of a minty mouthfeel at the back of my throat. Lovely either way. Ten after five minutes: custard, but then mineral water with florals, nutmeg, and lemon hints.

The tea is still going, and it is my favorite of my Tillerman order. This is the owners favorite, and hopefully the power of suggestion is not a cause of my preference. I am going to try the others in this vessel to see how they do in my vessel. Hopefully, I’ll be able to isolate the individual flavors as I did with this one for them. I did not get the “spice” that the owner describes, but the spruce note was awesome. It is a little pricey, but not bad for a good quality Li Shan. A part of me preferred this one to the other Li Shan, nevermind that one is more fruity overall.

This is a very easy drinker, and something that I can see experienced drinkers and newer drinkers enjoying.

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