Hmmm this one is intriguing. Very light, but what flavor there is is good. It’s quite a step back in intensity from the bold Taiwanese oolongs that Eco-cha boasts. Objectively, this is a wonderful tea. Longevity, complexity, mouthfeel, balance are all on point. And there’s some heady cha qi to boot. But in my opinion it is certainly not worth it for the price ($0.60/g). However, it was nice to try another Li Shan oolong from a different company. Still not wowed by the Li Shan name as many others apparently are. But if I want a subtle cup of tea, this is a great option. The main word that comes to mind when I tried this tea was “clean.”
Apparently Fushoushan refers to a government farm in Taiwan that used to be part of Chang Kai Shek’s summer domain at the top of the Li Shan range (> 2300 m elevation). This particular oolong comes from a garden adjacent to the government-owned parcel of land.
Undertones of sweetness with no bitterness of astringency to speak of. Longevity is nice at 8+ infusions. Mouthfeel is very thick with nectar qualities. Primary flavor for me is cucumber. Aftertaste is extraordinarily long (many minutes) and fresh.
Harvest: May 2023 (Lot 1230)
Location: Li Shan, Taichung County (elevation 2100 m)
Cultivar: Qing Xin
Dry leaf: Floral
Wet leaf: Floral, honeysuckle
Flavors: Floral, melon, cucumber, sweet, nectar.
Flavors: Cucumber, Floral, Honeysuckle, Melon, Nectar, Sweet