San Lin Xi, Spring 2010
Rising 1900 meters above sea level, San Lin Xi lies in the center of a range of peaks that bear its name. Of the 15 mountains that form the range, San Lin Xi is the highest.
Harvested April 19, 2010 from a tea garden that sits only a couple hundred meters below peak, our San Lin Xi Spring harvest is oxidized to nearly 20%, a more traditional method that intensifies aroma, flavor and after taste of the tea. Immediately after the tea was finished, it was shipped by air to us. We received this tea on April 24, 2010.
Reduced rainfall this Spring translates to a slightly lighter mouth feel than has been the case in past years, but we found the floral character of the tea to be more pronounced, with a slight tropical fruitness reminiscent of pineapple and a creaminess similar to brown butter.