Diva High Mountain Oolong 2022 Winter

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Creamy, Floral, Flowers, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Grass, Lilac, Orchids, Twigs, Whipped Cream
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 9 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “2021 Version from Leafhopper. I made a few mistakes on this one. I really wanted to try it from floating leaves with the promise of a fruity oolong. Making it, it’s fussy. The realy rinse produced...” Read full tasting note
  • “10 second rinse 30 second steep 45 second steep brewed in oolong seasoned yixing teapot the first steep was very mild, but tasty. it was difficult to discern notes that described the experience as...” Read full tasting note
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Story
This tea comes from a medium sized garden near the indigenous Atayal people’s village Smangus, a remote village in Northern Taiwan known for virgin old growth forests and ancient cypress trees. Not many farmers are growing tea up there, and this specific garden is newly planted. Beautiful ecology, with lots of wild animals and plants around the tea bushes. Roughly located at 1500 meters. The ‘sea of clouds’ and mountain mist are beautiful in the morning.

We originally called this tea ‘Traditional High Mountain’ because it was processed a bit darker, like the tea in Dong Ding or how High Mountain oolong used to be before the tea was as green as it is today. Actually high mountain oolong was first pursued by farmers from Dong Ding, when they visited Alishan and realized the weather was suitable for making Dong Ding style oolong.

This kind of tea is harder to find these days, because most farmers find it more profitable to make the greener version of high mountain. Because the fragrance of those teas are more flashy and floral, they grab the attention easily. Tea like this, however, trades some of the bright tones for a rich, thick broth.

Description
So far, this Diva tea from the Smangus area has a lot of mango notes in the terroir every season, and this is no exception. Notes are fruit forward.

This is the most heavily oxidized Taiwanese high mountain oolong we’ve ever carried! Because of that, the broth is thick and oily in the mouth. This season, the first note I noticed was blackberry, but there’s still mango, guava and some rose tones.

Amazingly smooth presentation, this tea maker’s skills are superb. This year, the grower invited his friend, a decorated Dong Ding competition winner, to process this particular day’s harvest. Nothing sticks out, all the notes are incredibly well integrated, flowing beautifully into each other.

This is not your standard, green and floral tasting high mountain oolong. It is rich, thick and satisfyingly juicy. This is a great option if you want to try something new and unique.

Facts
Harvest Location : Smangus, Jianshi Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
Harvest Date : November 2022
Cultivar : Qing Xin Oolong
Farming Method : Conventional
Altitude : 1500 meters

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2 Tasting Notes

1704 tasting notes

2021 Version from Leafhopper. I made a few mistakes on this one. I really wanted to try it from floating leaves with the promise of a fruity oolong. Making it, it’s fussy. The realy rinse produced a thin lilac flavor and aroma that didn’t produce much. Heat coaxed the sugars out a little bit. The second steep was supposed to be 30 seconds that turned into 3 minutes that was a little bitter and overbrewed, but had nice floral flavors with some fruity. The overall vibe was closer to cool whip with some vague fruitiness.

The next two were 20 and 30 sec respectively, and had more pronounced profiles that were mostly soft in flavor, but headier in the aroma department. Steep 5 had more fruit by far, drying finish, and then it lost lustre as it cooled into a grassy soup.

I’ve gotten two more cups that didn’t stand out as much. I’m really glad I got to try this tea, though I think it was a little too subtle for my preferences. Then again, I’m reverting back to old tastes for flavored teas lately and rely on oolong for too much “green dessert” experiences.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Flowers, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Grass, Lilac, Orchids, Twigs, Whipped Cream

Leafhopper

I found this one to be fussy as well and didn’t get much out of it. “Green dessert” is a good description of what I look for in oolongs!

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3 tasting notes

10 second rinse
30 second steep
45 second steep

brewed in oolong seasoned yixing teapot

the first steep was very mild, but tasty. it was difficult to discern notes that described the experience as a whole. words came to me, but i felt like they were more subtle undertones and not representative of the tea as a whole. i found the broth to be round and full and mellow. the first steep was very easy to drink and i was excited to get more depth in the next one.

the second steep was a rich golden. on the nose i could sense vibrant, ripe fruit notes. this one’s a bit hard to put into words, but i quite enjoyed it

for the second steep,

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 9 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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