Organic Xia Xing Chun

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Caramel, Rose, Coriander, Honey, Mint, Peach, Spices
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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 5 oz / 138 ml

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  • “I was positively surprised to taste this tea and I wasn’t expecting its strong full-bodied taste. The color of its liquor is a beautiful copper, reminding me some expensive whiskey. First thing...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A really complex and deep, oily, juicy, thick oolong. Really really enjoyable tea, I went through stages where it reminded me of dancong, of TGY, of dahongpao, it even started out similar to...” Read full tasting note
  • “A free sample from Grand Tea It didn’t come with brewing parameters, so I brewed it at 195F like I would an Oriental Beauty oolong as it sounds like something similar. The dry leaves are curly and...” Read full tasting note
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Our Xia Xing Chun tea is one of our more unique teas originating from the Huang Shan area of China. This organic tea is purchased directly from a tea farmer who has achieved the European organic farming certification: CERES. This certification is one of the most trusted certifications for organic food products in the world. Organic foods are better for your health and are a contributing factor to a greener and more sustainable future.

The name of the tea, Xia Xing Chun translates from Chinese to mean “Summer meeting Spring.” This phrase describes the time of year that this particular tea is harvested. Notably, most high-quality teas harvest in early spring. However, this tea, is purposefully harvested in early summer to enhance its flavor.

In addition to this special time of year for harvesting, the Xia Xing Chun tea only uses the bud and the top two leaves of the plant. All other Oolong teas use the top four or five leaves and the bud of the plant to make the tea.

Xia Xing Chun is a heavily fermented Oolong tea, making it comparable to black tea. The fermentation process for creating a dark Oolong tea is quite specific and must be followed with precision to have a desirable outcome. Most tea farmers believe that this is a special skill and that dark Oolong tea is much harder to make than the lighter kind. The fermentation process will decide on the final flavor of the tea.
This tea is grown in a special environment to boost its flavor. The famer has chosen the leeward side of the hills on his farm that has sufficient humidity and sunshine to grow this tea. He has purposefully allowed weeds and insects to remain in the area of the plants as a way to encourage environmental harmony and to nourish the tea plants in the most natural way. This organic growing method is what provides this tea with the honey and fruit flavor that is so uniquely its own.

It is our opinion that this tea represents our belief that a good cup of tea is a result of the harmony between man and nature and that pure tea is beneficial to your health and well-being.

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I was positively surprised to taste this tea and I wasn’t expecting its strong full-bodied taste. The color of its liquor is a beautiful copper, reminding me some expensive whiskey. First thing that you’ll notice once you brew it is the clear and strong scent of roses that the leaves emanate. The smell persisted on the lid of the my gaiwan making me think about rose wood. Even if doesn’t taste woody at all the sensation of a warm wooden room is present in my mind due to the soft but persistent flavor of it’s liquor. The taste profile remain more or less the same but, maybe for a my mistake of brewing, it drop drastically of consistence after 3-4 brews and it reveals a slightly metallic flavor. Beside this it remains a very good tea perfect to give sense to a boring afternoon.

Flavors: Caramel, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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A really complex and deep, oily, juicy, thick oolong. Really really enjoyable tea, I went through stages where it reminded me of dancong, of TGY, of dahongpao, it even started out similar to taiwanese black tea, so many desserty notes leading into fruity notes, leading into floral notes. Complex and delicious, grandtea kindly sent me this sample so I did a full review on my new blog:
https://macktea.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/grandteas-organic-xia-xing-chun/

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A free sample from Grand Tea

It didn’t come with brewing parameters, so I brewed it at 195F like I would an Oriental Beauty oolong as it sounds like something similar.

The dry leaves are curly and medium-small. Mostly medium brown with some redder and greener leaves and white tips. The aroma is slightly sweet and herbaceous.
It brews a light yellow-orange. It’s got a strong note of ripe, juicy peach and dried herbs; sort of mint-basil-cinnamon-spice cabinet. Slightly floral with a honeyed coriander sweetness. A very enjoyable tea, even my non-tea drinking father approved.

Flavors: Coriander, Honey, Mint, Peach, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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