2020 Spring Light Charcoal Roasted Ali Shan Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Cookie, Cut Grass, Flowers, Grass, Green, Jasmine, Lemongrass, Milk, Passion Fruit, Rainforest, Sour, Spices, Spinach, Sweet, Sweet, Warm Grass, Vegetables, Vegetal
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “This is one of few greener teas that TheTea sells, so I was a bit wary of the fact that green oolongs are not their specialty. However, any worries proved unjustified, this is a lovely aromatic,...” Read full tasting note
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Origin: 1400 meters above sea level, Ruifeng, Ali Shan, Jiayi county (Chiayi), Taiwan

Harvest: Spring 2020

Varietal: Qing Xin (Chin Shin)

Roasting: very gentle charcoal roasting (2×4h)

High mountain oolong from Alishan with unique taste profile thanks to very gentle charcoal roasting.

The tea was roasted twice on light fire – each round lasted around 4 hours. So the tea is roasted and still very fresh and vivid.

Liquor is sweet, oily and creamy. Taste is subtle but aroma is very strong.

Here you can find distinct notes of honey, nuts, butter cookies and almonds mixed with grassy juiciness and notes of dried strawberries or raspberries.

Aftertaste is long and sweet.

Bitterness is balanced but little bit more stronger comparing to winter version of the same tea from 2018 we had in the past.

Mr. Ye- the owner of the garden don’t use any herbicides and pesticides so the tea grows naturally.

High mountain oolong finished by skillful charcoal roasting.

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This is one of few greener teas that TheTea sells, so I was a bit wary of the fact that green oolongs are not their specialty. However, any worries proved unjustified, this is a lovely aromatic, sweet, and floral tea with really good longevity. The qi seems mostly caffeine driven and a little rushy for my liking. It is a good tea to get energized though, which is not the case with most oolongs for me.

Dry leaves smell milky and flowery with additional notes of cookies and sauerkraut. The wet leaf aroma is really pungent and hard to specify. It reminds me of rainforest, cut grass and stewed greens for example. In the empty cup, I can also smell passion fruits, jasmine and shea butter.

The tea is easy to drink with its lighter body and fleeting mouthfeel. However, there is a good astringency too and a strong floral sourness that make it quite engaging. The taste is predominately a mix of sweet and sour flavours. There are notes of spinach, milk, spices, lemongrass, and fermented vegetables.

Flavors: Cookie, Cut Grass, Flowers, Grass, Green, Jasmine, Lemongrass, Milk, Passion Fruit, Rainforest, Sour, Spices, Spinach, Sweet, Sweet, Warm Grass, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Martin Bednář

Additional notes are interesting: cookies and sauerkraut in one sentence.

Daylon R Thomas

The few green ones they get seem to be specialty anyway. If you got this much of a fruit presence from a light roast, chances are there other ones are good. I’ve been eyeying the Rueili Winter Alishan Jin Xuan, but it’s always sold out.

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