King of Qing Xin "The Potion" Jade Oolong Tea - Winter

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Creamy, Dandelion, Floral, Flowers, Grass, Spicy, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal, Butter, Citrusy, Fruity, Lemon, Orchids
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Caffeine
Medium
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 7 g 4 oz / 130 ml

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  • “[Winter 2017 harvest] It might be because it’s more than one year old by now, but the aroma of this tea is very weak. It does kind of make up for it in the aftertaste, which is strong and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Winter 2017 harvest. Forgettable is how I would describe this tea. I was excited by the flowery description on the website and positive reviews, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to the hype. ...” Read full tasting note
    78
  • “This is Winter 2017 harvest. The dry leaf has a sweet, pungent, and intoxicating aroma of flowers. In the preheated gaiwan a sort of fruity, buttery aroma joins the flowers. The taste is much like...” Read full tasting note
    100
  • “This is a really tasty tea. It was one of the best oolongs I have ever had. I would have to describe it overall as sweet and buttery. There were some floral notes to it but no real vegetal taste....” Read full tasting note
    94

From Taiwan Sourcing

From the same grower as our very popular “The Potion” from this spring, this is the winter version of this very popular tea, probably even more popular than our Li Shan Tie Guan Yin (which is also an superb tea that should not be missed). We think it is worthwhile to introduce the winter version of this tea to have a great demonstration of seasonal differences, and the effect is quite obvious on "the Potion.

This tea is called “The Potion” because (like a potion) it’s the most magical elixir we found in spring, and we think it still bears the same quality, but with a slightly different wintery character. Unlike the spring version, which was like a beautiful lady with beautiful make-up, this winter version expresses an implicit side of the same tea. From a full orchestra to an elegant soloist, is the best way for us to describe it.

Harvest: Winter
Varietal: Qing Xin Oolong / 青心烏龍
Elevation: 2550 M / 貳仟貳佰伍拾 公尺
Region: Fushoushan / 福壽山
Oxidation Level: 25% / 分之 廿伍
Roast Level: 0 / 無

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[Winter 2017 harvest]

It might be because it’s more than one year old by now, but the aroma of this tea is very weak. It does kind of make up for it in the aftertaste, which is strong and interesting.

The flavours are mostly vegetal with light bitterness in early steeps and floral notes developing in later ones. There are notes of grass, dandelion flowers and spinach. The aftertaste is sweet, spicy and very comforting, definitely the highlight of the session for me. It induces a somewhat tingling sensation in the throat. The liquor texture is between silky and creamy, but not very thick.

Even though it’s not a bad tea at all, I cannot recommend it because of the high price.

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFtRq6t3jOo (listening to her after the sublime concert last night)

Flavors: Creamy, Dandelion, Floral, Flowers, Grass, Spicy, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Roswell Strange

Wow – that is a good song. Haunting, in a beautiful way.

derk

Agreed. Some of her other songs in queue were even better.

Togo

I also like some other songs a little bit more, but this one really surprised me live and ended up being the most memorable. The live version is great with some deep bass backbone.

Martin Bednář

Indeed nice song Togo! Tasting note as well; too bad it is so expensive tea.

tea-sipper

Another Weyes Blood fan! I’m loving the new album. I just saw that video for that song the other day and it is so so good.

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Winter 2017 harvest.

Forgettable is how I would describe this tea. I was excited by the flowery description on the website and positive reviews, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to the hype. It’s fairly vegetal throughout with some honeyed notes and a mouthfeel on the thin side. By playing with the brewing parameters, I did manage to coax out some florals and little buttery flavor. It peaked around the 3rd steep and then tasted like an average green oolong.

For a high mountain tea, it had little to no depth of flavor. I don’t know if something was lost with age or what, but overall it tasted mediocre and kinda bland to me.

Daylon R Thomas

I’ve honestly stayed away from the Taiwan Sourcing stuff because the better teas tend to be hidden, or carry a hefty price tag with hefty shipping.

Leafhopper

My last couple teas from Taiwan Sourcing have been kind of meh as well, and yes, their higher-end offerings are super expensive. What’s your current favourite vendor of consistently good Taiwanese oolongs?

LuckyMe

@Daylon, I haven’t been impressed with them so far either. The high price tags kept me from ordering from Taiwan Sourcing for a long time. I finally bit the bullet and 2 of the 3 teas I’ve tried were below par.

@Leafhopper, Taiwan Tea Crafts is my favorite vendor hands down. Huge selection and best value for the money.

Leafhopper

I’ve liked most of the few teas I’ve had from Taiwan Tea Crafts as well, although I worry that their large selection and lower prices mean that some teas are bound to be duds. The Eco-Cha Tea Club is also really good, though not exactly cheap.

Daylon R Thomas

Eco-Cha’s Shan Lin XI is fairly good. Berrylleb King Tea has consistently good Taiwaneese oolongs, and What-Cha’s Lishan is my go to.

Daylon R Thomas

Tillerman would also be on that list with Golden Tea Leaf company’s Dung Ting, but the two I just described before have always been consistent. Mountain Stream Teas is decent for budget, but nothing mind blowing. There is another company called Due East that I’m tempted to try.

Leafhopper

Thanks for the suggestions! I would never have thought of Berryleb for Taiwanese oolongs. Tillerman is on my to-buy list, as is Golden Tea Leaf, though I wish they had 25g packs of their Lishan.

Daylon R Thomas

The Golden Tea Leaf’s Lishan is finicky, so do not feel too bad about not having that one.

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This is Winter 2017 harvest. The dry leaf has a sweet, pungent, and intoxicating aroma of flowers. In the preheated gaiwan a sort of fruity, buttery aroma joins the flowers. The taste is much like the aroma: very floral, fruity, citrusy (like lemon meringue pie or lemon cookies). Thick, buttery, and lubricating mouthfeel with a long lasting aftertaste (of lemon pie). This tea was amazing, probably the best oolong I’ve ever had, but I feel like just knowing how expensive it was made me keep thinking: “I paid for the name of the mountain, not the tea”. Which is probably true, but I’m happy to be able to experience such a rare gem in the world of high mountain tea.

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Flavors: Butter, Citrusy, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Lemon, Orchids

Preparation
Boiling 10 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This is a really tasty tea. It was one of the best oolongs I have ever had. I would have to describe it overall as sweet and buttery. There were some floral notes to it but no real vegetal taste. There was a fleeting bitterness in steep one that was gone in steep two. This one was outstanding. As close to perfect as I have had recently.

I steeped this ten times in a 120ml Yixing Teapot with 7g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 10 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 minute.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
BigDaddy

As usual you have impeccable taste my good man. I thoroughly enjoyed this as well.

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I noticed the extended forecast for dreary with a capital D for this weekend and I planned accordingly. Make some Thai jok and have this tea alongside.
First the jok (AKA congee). 6 cups H2O, 2 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 2 kaffir lime leaves, 1 bruised stalk of lemongrass. Bring to boil. Add 2/3 cup cracked jasmine rice, lower heat and simmer 20 minutes stirring often. Meanwhile toast 2 inch ginger and 3 fat cloves of garlic, both julienned, in neutral oil till brown and add to jok. Crisp up some Thai sausages, cut into chunks and toss in. Slice some snow peas and add at last minute then serve with bean sprouts, fried garlic bits and cilantro. Oh and the tea.
Now for the tea. In the bag it is just a run of the mill green oolong, just enough perfum to set the juices flowing but not extreme. Then I pour the first brew and oh dear, I’m having one of those very special tea moments. The wafting notes of floral bouquets and exotic fruits abound. Then the sip, man oh man, it immediately opens up on the tongue with gobs of thick honey, buttery, gardenia, star fruit and more I can’t describe. This is the best Jade I’ve ever had, ever. Full bodied and long lasting a well structured tea.
Onto the pairing. It was definitely as the weatherman said it would be, 36° and raining. When its like this oatmeal, congee and jok are my go to breakfasts. I can cook and my hubby likes something in his belly before yoga. So the stage was set. The combo of the jok with the lemongrass and lime leaves along with the meat and veg meeting the jade oolong is a top ten culinary experience for me. The flavors all complimented and balanced each other so much I didn’t want it to end.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 tsp 6 OZ / 180 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I’ve always wanted to try more of their Jades. Their Long Feng Xia was awesome from winter 2015. A little expensive for me personally, otherwise I’d get them in bulk.

BigDaddy

I’ve been pleased with all the teas they have to offer in the oolong range, this was just over the top luscious. I’ll have to try the Long Feng Xia.

Daylon R Thomas

It is on the vegetal side.

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