Organic Pre-Qingming Red Jade T-18 Curled White Tea, Lot 1001

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
Organic White Tea Leaves
Flavors
Anise, Berry, Biting, Bitter, Cinnamon, Drying, Flowers, Guava, Herbs, Malt, Medicinal, Menthol, Mineral, Orange, Resin, Straw, Tannin, Wood
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Loose Leaf
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Certification
Organic
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  • “Lot 802 (Spring 2019) blew me away. This one seems to lack the deep intensity of Lot 802 and is more temperamental, though the Red Jade white tea trademark still presents fully. Western style...” Read full tasting note

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Similar to last year, to this date, winter has been particularly warm and sunny tricking the tea bushes into activity much sooner than anticipated. Still, with the reduced sunlight of winter months, the growth occurs at a slower pace creating a fine and even-leafed plucking which in turn produces a rich, yet surprisingly mellow tea. This Lot 1001 continues with our explorations into the new uncharted territories of white tea making using the iconic Taiwanese-developed Hong Yu T-18 tea cultivar from which the emblematic Red Jade Black Tea is made. Just like our Organic Qing Xin White Tea, Lot 1000, this very fine plucking of young tender shoots was hand-picked, gently laid to wither and periodically hand-fluffed to stimulate oxydation. Afterwards, a very gentle rolling occurred to curl the leaves before finally desiccating them to lock-in their lush fragrance. The resulting dry leaf looks quite dark but produces a fairly clear liqueur. As soon as the water touches the leaves you will see how this cultivar is so fragrant! The fresh eucalyptus, cinnamon and camphor-like coolness is truly heady. The liqueur is sweet, thick and oh so smooth! This particular style of white tea was by far the most popular last year as it is one of the most mellow Red Jade White Tea we make, and we will dare say the best up to date! The lucky few that have enjoyed our Lot 900 before it sold out very early will not be disappointed! It’s a truly pleasant and unique offering that we are proud to propose exclusively to our Taiwan Tea Crafts clientele. Get some while it last as this is a very, very limited quantity Lot.

Picking Date February 2021

Oxydation level Low

Baking Level None

Terroir Baguashan

Administrative Region Nantou County

Picking Style Hand Picked

Cultivar(s) Used Hong Yu, TRES No. 18

Garden Elevation 300 m

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1 Tasting Note

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Lot 802 (Spring 2019) blew me away. This one seems to lack the deep intensity of Lot 802 and is more temperamental, though the Red Jade white tea trademark still presents fully. Western style brewing was ok, a little too drying for my likes.

With longer steeps in a small teapot, the flavors became more complex in an already complex style of tea. The more aromatic components of the tea arrive on the sip and include flowers along with pungent herbs like bay leaf, wintergreen, fenugreek and anise. The body has some moderate, gripping woody tannins. The main taste is of straw and strong minerals, supplemented by a fruity and malty guava-berry-orange-cinnamon tone. I notice the cinnamon more in the bottom of the cup smell. Later steeps smooth out the drying quality, tannins and minerality. It does take long steeps well but if overbrewed, a medicinal, fresh plant resin bitterness is noticed before anything else. Because of this bitterness and the drying quality, I do not think this is suitable as a grandpa style brew.

I opted for only a 10g sample of this since I also bought a 25g bag of last year’s harvest (Lot 901, Spring 2020) for a sweet deal. Like the Sanxia white tea I logged the other day, I wish I had gone for a larger package. This is a good tea to play around with to learn how different temperatures and steep times can alter a tea’s structural profile. I do wonder how more resting will affect this tea.

Flavors: Anise, Berry, Biting, Bitter, Cinnamon, Drying, Flowers, Guava, Herbs, Malt, Medicinal, Menthol, Mineral, Orange, Resin, Straw, Tannin, Wood

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