Shihmen Tie Guan Yin "Stone Gate" Oolong Tea

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “Summary: I left this Spring 2020 tea “age” a tiny bit to let the roast settle for a while. While drinking this tea, I totally forgot this was supposed to be a tieguan yin until I started writing...” Read full tasting note

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This region, Shihmen, is now a fading legend of tea. When we arrived to meet Mrs. Xie, an elegant and tender lady in her 70s, we found a small town with not much tea left. Sure, there were lots of Jin Xuan varietal that was introduced by the Farmer’s Association over decades ago, but this is not what make Shihmen a unique role in Taiwanese tea culture.

Shihmen is the northmost place that grows tea in Taiwan, and famous for a varietal called “Hard Twig Red Heart.” Although bearing the same term “red heart” in its name like the Tie Guan Yin varietal called “Red Heart Twisted Tail Peach”(紅心歪尾桃), this varietal is completely different from it. This factor became quite noticeable after several hours into the indoor withering. We noticed it bearing very similar characteristics as “#21 Rhythm” does, which is a varietal for creating black tea such as this “Nectar Melody” This characteristics made us to change the processing ideology accordingly to fit its original footprint.

We finished the tea without surprise as the sunlight began to beam from the coast. Not surprisingly the quantity of final production is extremely small, however the result is beyond expectation as the offspring of grandma Xie tasted the tea grown by their elder with awe. “This is actually quite delicious” The daughter of Mrs. Xie said to us. She was reluctant to give it a try, but now she is convinced.

This “Stone Gate” oolong we made has some traits of wild tea despite being managed by grandma Xie. First thing you will notice from this tea is the pungent Jackfruit aroma from the boiled water, then after that you will be soaked into its only-found-in-Shihmen taste and body feeling no where else can offer. We truly hope the tea industry in Shihmen could be revived, and we hope this wonder we created will be that first attempt to make people notice this wonderful place in Taiwan again just like “the Harbor.”

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Harvest: Spring 2020 / 春 貳零貳零

Varietal: Red Tig Red Heart / 硬枝紅心

Elevation: 100 M / 壹佰 公尺

Region: Shihmen / 石門

Oxidation Level: 45% / 分之 肆拾伍

Roast Level: 3 / 參 分

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I left this Spring 2020 tea “age” a tiny bit to let the roast settle for a while.
While drinking this tea, I totally forgot this was supposed to be a tieguan yin until I started writing this post. It’s totally unlike any other TGY that I’ve ever had — it’s totally unlike a roasted TGY and absolutely nothing like the greener floral TGYs

If I were blind tasting this, I would almost say it’s a gaoshan or a fruity dan cong. Because when they said this tasted like jackfruit, they weren’t kidding. I grew up eating jackfruit, which I like, so this was a pleasant and different experience.

It’s a very different flavor profile from other Taiwanese teas with a very different mouthfeel. It’s viscous from a short 10 second steep and continues on with its viscocity throughout the session. This tea loves hot water. But, no bitterness and only a very mild astringency at the back of my throat

The longevity of this tea is fairly acceptable, especially with the jackfruit flavors present. By the 4th infusion, the flavors were diminishing, but definitely present.

Total steeps: 4+ with grandpa brewing after
Steep Times: 10 seconds, 20, 30, 60, 90 seconds
Water: Temps from 200+
Tea: 5grams in 100ml gaiwan
Brew style: Gongfu

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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