2009 winter wood-roasted shui xian
From the hou de web site
Harvest: 2009 Winter
Cultivar: Shui Xian
Location: Al Li Shan, Jia Yi, Taiwan
Description: A Hou De Specialtea! Our previous offeirngs of Al-Li-Shan “Shui Xian” were either in High-Mountain style (non-roasted) or dark-roasted as in 2008. For 2009 Winter harvest, we are offering a special-order batch of Shui Xian: medium-high level roasting to similar to Dong-Ding style, and a final 2-hour traditional wood roasting to caramelize the aroma profile.
And the result is surprisingly good: not only the unique aroma of Shui Xian is better expressed than dark-roasting, the aroma and feeling is superbly complex and warm. Thick and creamy consistency – you can immediately feel a silky “coating” on the tongue. Durability is also good.