Longfengxia High Mountain Winter Oolong Tea, Lot 573

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Butter, Citrus, Coconut, Cream, Custard, Floral, Gardenias, Grass, Honeydew, Milk, Mineral, Narcissus, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Pear, Spinach, Sugarcane, Sweet, Umami, Vanilla
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195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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  • “Here is another blast from the past review. I finally got around to drinking my sample of this tea back around the start of May (I received it as part of Taiwan Tea Crafts’ Longfengxia sampler)....” Read full tasting note
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Consistency is a definite quality when it comes to well-crafted high mountain teas as Mr. Chen’s garden produces yet another stellar tea despite the challenging season winter 2016 was. It says a lot about the skill of the maker as well as the care he puts in nurturing a healthy garden. It is always a pleasure to go back to this garden since we’re invited to go up right from day one of any new production season. After going up 4 consecutive days, we’ve chosen, as we tend to always do, the second day’s production. It is as if the producer needs the first day to calibrate his technique and nails it on the second day. The clearly defined balsam notes that make Longfengxia so particularly appealing to the palate and nose are definitely there! Many say that the surrounding fir tree forest that encircles the tea gardens have something to do in conveying this pure evergreen feeling in the cup. The marvellous yellow-gold colour of the liqueur already announces that we are in for a treat! Then, the wild and flowery aroma enthrals you to take a sip and experience a full bodied, thick yet smooth liqueur where crisp balsamic notes with a hint of sweetness linger on and on. This tea is very generous, in the cup and in the number of infusions one can extract from these beautifully crafted leaves. This winter Lot 573 is high up there with all the best ones we’ve had from this garden. A true delight and one that will mellow superbly if you wish to keep it in ti’s sealed condition for 1, 2, 3 seasons or more… If you wish to try this out without having to wait, our Longfengxia Introspection Sampler Set is just for you!

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Here is another blast from the past review. I finally got around to drinking my sample of this tea back around the start of May (I received it as part of Taiwan Tea Crafts’ Longfengxia sampler). Naturally, I have been sitting on this review, like so many others, ever since. Though it is now very much out of season and out of stock, I found this tea to be an excellent high mountain oolong.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a brief rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 195 F water for 10 seconds. This infusion was chased by 12 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, I detected aromas of cream, butter, sugarcane, vanilla, and gardenia. After the rinse, umami came out on the nose alongside a subtle custard scent. The first infusion then brought out a somewhat stronger umami character. In the mouth, I noted flavors of cream, butter, vanilla, sugarcane, and gardenia accompanied by unexpected sweet corn, orange blossom, and grass notes. Subsequent infusions introduced hints of orange zest and orange blossom to the nose. New impressions of minerals, honeydew, orange zest, hyacinth, narcissus, spinach, pear, tangerine, coconut, and steamed milk appeared in the mouth along with belatedly emerging custard notes. The final infusions emphasized lingering mineral, umami, tangerine, coconut, and orange zest notes balanced by subtle touches of butter, cream, pear, and custard.

As stated earlier, this was a very nice high mountain oolong. Longfengxia is rapidly becoming one of my favorite terroirs; I have not had a bad tea from the area to this point. Definitely check out some of Taiwan Tea Crafts’ Longfengxia offerings. My limited experience with them indicates that they are all very much worth trying.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Coconut, Cream, Custard, Floral, Gardenias, Grass, Honeydew, Milk, Mineral, Narcissus, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Pear, Spinach, Sugarcane, Sweet, Umami, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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