Wenshan Bao Zhong Winter Tea, Lot 598

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Beany, Pineapple, Sweet, Tropical, Flowers, Vegetal
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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  • “There is so much going on within this Taiwanese Oolong – hints of roses changes the palette immediately with a thick and dense scent and taste of orchid, magnolia and osmanthus but even those ones...” Read full tasting note
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  • “So, I had intended to buy one sample of this tea…accidentally bought two and due to some miscommunication, wasn’t able to amend that. I am not quite sure how to feel about this one yet. Session...” Read full tasting note
  • “I bought this tea instead of the winter competition bao zhong which unfortunately wasn’t available this year. TTC assured me that it was on par with the higher grade teas. After tasting it, I...” Read full tasting note
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From Taiwan Tea Crafts

It’s a later arrival this year, but what counts is that it’s finally here, and nobody will object to having waited a little bit when you get to relive spring in late November! Mr. Ong’s garden suffered from the multiple typhoon visits that pounded the north of island this early Fall, especially the higher sections from which we like to get out teas from. A fairly drastic pruning had to be performed in September requiring further time for a pluckable regrowth to be harvested. This was somewhat of a blessing in disguise as this delayed new growth benefited from much better weather than the growers that proposed teas earlier on. We did investigate alternatives but we simply could not be convinced by the lacklustre teas that we were offered elsewhere. This Lot 598 was made from younger leaves than usual from the highest section of Mr. Ong’s garden. This, combined with the cooler weather of late November contributes to the thicker texture of this year’s winter offerings. There is definitely more material in this winter leaf that in previous year’s offerings. We would even dare say that it has the vitality of a spring tea! The aroma of buttered green beans with distinctive floral overtones is definitely there. Nothing aggresses the senses. The liqueur is smooth, refreshing, and very pleasant. In order to not delay this tea further, we ordered it un-finished and performed the light oven baking/drying of the tea in-house to perfection. As usual, this is sunshine in a cup that comes at a time when many of us are in need of extra warmth for the soul, mind and body. Enjoy!

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There is so much going on within this Taiwanese Oolong – hints of roses changes the palette immediately with a thick and dense scent and taste of orchid, magnolia and osmanthus but even those ones aren’t enough to describe this intense floral overload ~ but in a very VERY good and masterly composed way. The texture is so fresh and creamy at the same moment. With this elegant creaminess comes also a perfect taste-wise counterpart to it which would be described best as butter biscuit. This is my second Baozhong by TTC and I think they were ones of the best I’ve had so far. Highly recommendable!

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So, I had intended to buy one sample of this tea…accidentally bought two and due to some miscommunication, wasn’t able to amend that.

I am not quite sure how to feel about this one yet. Session started out normal enough. The leaves were green and very nicely twisted, so I only got about 5g into the gaiwan. Nice, sweet vegetal aroma and a very light yellow liquor.

The flavor started out more or less as I would expect of a greener oolong. A sweet, beany vegetal flavor without too much in the way of floral notes in this case. I enjoyed it will enough for the first few steeps and rhinkle was undecided until she hit one steep that she said tasted like foot odor. I brushed her comment off since she’s got a cold and kept drinking once our break was over.

And then…I got the same thing. Not in the body, but in the aftertaste of a single steep, the odor of sweaty feet filled my nostrils. It was very strange, as after that, the taste evolved into something pineappley, with a tropical fruit blend aftertaste, something I’ve tasted in another sample I tried recently.

Over continued steeps, a mouth coating viscosity developed, and I enjoyed that for a few steeps before the flavor overall started to die off. Going to have to play around with this one more soon to get the best out of it!

Flavors: Beany, Pineapple, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
5 g

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I bought this tea instead of the winter competition bao zhong which unfortunately wasn’t available this year. TTC assured me that it was on par with the higher grade teas. After tasting it, I have to say they were mostly right.

This tea starts out with a medley of different floral aromas: orchid and lilacs, honeysuckle, and osmanthus. The first steep is gentle, and very sweet. The sweetness grows stronger int he second steep, into a sugarcane like flavor. Around the 3rd steep, the tea shifts to a pleasant green tea-like flavor that I would describe as sweet morning dew.

Though I enjoyed the tea’s progression through steeps, my favorite method of brewing bao zhong is grandpa style and sadly, it left a lot to be desired. The tea’s flavors become muddled and its nuances are lost.

Flavors: Flowers, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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