Jing Xuan, Winter 2009
Jing Xuan, meaning “Golden Lily” in Chinese, is a relatively new Formosa varietal developed by Taiwan’s Tea Research and Extension Station in the early 1980s. The cultivar is the end result of nearly four decades of cross-breeding of several Formosa varietals to yield a tea that is distinct in character from the traditional cultivars of our Alishan, San Lin Xi, Lishan and Tung Ting.
Our Jing Xuan comes from a high elevation garden on Alishan. Hand-gathered in late November, this Winter crop has a bright floral character with an undercurrent of rich buttercream and peaches.
Each tea cluster was hand gathered at 1700 meters above sea level and opens to reveal three leaves attached to a stem. While many in Taiwan prefer mainstream high mountain oolong varieties, we feel that our Jing Xuan is an exceptional and rare find for a tea of this grade.