Baguashan Qing Xin Green Tea

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Green Tea
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Eucalyptus, Gardenias, Honey, Lychee, Thick, Tropical, Camphor, Green Beans, Pecan, Spices, Vegetal
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175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 4 oz / 113 ml

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  • “For a key to my rating scale, check out my bio. Very tropical and floral green tea, with definite notes of mangosteen and lychee, as well as a viscous honey sweetness. Very slight astringency,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I’m eager to try this tea commissioned by Taiwan Tea Crafts. They explained on their site that they do not sell Taiwanese green teas unless they produce or commission them because allegedly most...” Read full tasting note
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Green teas are already quite rare in Taiwan, especially if you are looking for an authentic tea grown and produced here. Yes, we are implying that many purported Taiwanese green teas are in fact imported teas sold as being produced here. This is one of the major reasons why we don’t seek to propose green teas unless it is a tea that we’ve commissioned to be produced for us by a trusted collaborator of ours, like this one is! I remember discussing this project with our friend over 3 years ago and was hoping to be able to feature the results at the launch of Taiwan Tea Crafts in November 2012. Here we are 3 years later with more than a work in progress. This is the result of a well researched and refined process where several small test productions were attempted throughout the years to come to this well-honed tea. Made from Qing Xin, the king of high mountain tea cultivars of Taiwan, a high mountain oolong fan must try this green tea, especially if you are not so fond of green teas in general because of their grassiness. You will find this one smooth and round with light, almond like, sweet roasted accents, a good vegetal body and the flowery and balsam freshness of High Mountain Oolongs. A very rewarding sip, very different from Chinese green teas. This tea is made from organically farmed leaves but this lot is not certified as such due to the limited quantity produced.

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For a key to my rating scale, check out my bio.

Very tropical and floral green tea, with definite notes of mangosteen and lychee, as well as a viscous honey sweetness. Very slight astringency, but even with overdrawing the tea does not get bitter. $27 USD / 100g.

Flavors: Eucalyptus, Gardenias, Honey, Lychee, Thick, Tropical

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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I’m eager to try this tea commissioned by Taiwan Tea Crafts. They explained on their site that they do not sell Taiwanese green teas unless they produce or commission them because allegedly most green Taiwanese teas are imposters from China. So I’m interested to try some real Taiwanese green tea. This tea is made from Qing Xin cultivar, which is usually used for oolong, so it likely won’t taste much like the usual green teas I’m used to.

Out of the bag it already has a really sweet, rich, vegetal aroma with hints of flowers and herbs. After the first infusion in a gaiwan, the leaves smell abundantly of lush tropical growth like you might experience in a greenhouse, and the brewed tea has a bit of a citrusy smell to it. The liquor is almost colorless, yet full of flavor. On the first sip, the flavor is unique… striking me as somewhere between Chinese green tea and Tie Guanyin. It has both the green bean vegetal notes and nutty notes (pecan this time) I’m used to in Chinese green teas and the mountain vegetation notes I’m used to in Tie Guanyin and other rolled oolongs.

This tea takes substantially longer to brew than other green teas. The leaves seem to be thicker and larger, also twisted similar to a Taiwanese open-leaf style oolong (Baozhong, Bai Hao, etc.) which seems rather tight and may be more responsive to hotter temperatures (I’ll have to experiment with this).

On the second infusion, I’m getting more of all the aforementioned flavors, but more intense, a hint of camphor in this infusion. The color is a nice pale green. The flavor is really nice and reminds me of spiced cookies with nuts, though of course the vegetal notes are still alongside this, but blend well because of the strong nutty flavor.

By the third infusion, it is really starting to taste a lot more like your usual Chinese green tea in its flavor profile, mostly nutty, green beans, vegetal.

I think this is a really nice green tea overall though, and would encourage Taiwan Tea Crafts and their partners to keep producing it!

Flavors: Camphor, Green Beans, Pecan, Spices, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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