2011 Spring Jinxuan Oolong from Zhu Shan
Cultivar: Jinxuan Oolong
Hand harvested on March 7, 2011
The fresh green color of the leaves is nicely underlined by the yellow stems. Good clarity in the brew. It has a lighter and slightly greener color than the Si Ji Chun. The oxidation level is a little bit lower (but not too much). The fragrances are also lighter and more flowery and herbaceous.
The taste is light and fresh. It feels more feminine and refined than the bold Si Ji Chun.
(Were it a wine, it would be a Chardonnay white wine!)
These two cultivars are more for beginners or casual tea. Their drawback, a lack of taste and aftertaste, becomes a strength: they are quite easy to brew. Fresh, they are very fragrant and their price is very reasonable. But these are not mass produced teas. First, they are harvested by hand ; this reduces astringency and improves their sweetness. Second, they come from the hilly region of Zhu Shan (bamboo mountain) in Central Taiwan, home to a nice habitat for family owned plantations. Third, the early spring harvest is the one that best displays a naturally fragrant character.