Wenshan Bao Zhong Winter 2017 3rd Place Competition Tea, Lot 669

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Floral
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190 °F / 87 °C 1 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “The change in flavor between harvests can be quite interesting. This winter’s bao zhong was very TGY-like. There’s the usual heady lilacs you find in bao zhong but it also had the floral...” Read full tasting note
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This is the Winter Edition of our famous Wenshan Bao Zhong Competition offerings. Wenshan Bao Zhong tea is a good example of how Taiwan is so distinctive in its tea offering to the world. With its light and refined taste, Bao Zhong tea is the perfect choice for people who wish to drink green tea but are not attracted to its grassiness. Its gently curled, lightly oxidized full leaves of the dried tea are simply beautiful to look at. When steeped, the leaves unfurl rapidly to reveal their intriguing aroma of green vegetal notes that evokes buttered green beans with distinctive floral overtones. Nothing aggresses the senses. The liqueur is smooth, refreshing, and very pleasant. The light baking that seals the flavours and aroma of this tea adds a very pleasant almond-like finish and taste. If this is your first time trying out a Bao Zhong, you simply can’t go wrong with this 3rd Place Competition Tea! For those of you who are tempted but need to be convinced, we recommend that you purchase a 10 g sample before committing to one of the tins or box sealed by the competition organizers. What beautiful gifts these can make! You can also consider our regular Wenshan Bao Zhong, from the same grower, or our house Baked Bao Zhong and Deep Baked Bao Zhong for a more biscuity experience.

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The change in flavor between harvests can be quite interesting. This winter’s bao zhong was very TGY-like. There’s the usual heady lilacs you find in bao zhong but it also had the floral character of TGY.

I steeped this tea grandpa style, as I normally do with competition bao zhong teas. I started with 190 F degree water and topped off with boiling water once the glass was 1/3 – 1/2 full. The tea started off light but with an pleasant floral flavor. It tasted like the early steeps of TGY. Notes of violets, orchid, and egg custard were detected. After a few more steeps, the egginess subsided and the tea developed a fuller, more rounded floral sweetness. Following the first top off, the tea became lilac heavy with a rich mouthfeel that coated the entire tongue. Some vegetable broth and notes of sweet pea appear later on.

Though not as sublime as past bao zhongs, this was a solid tea with an interesting flavor profile and good longevity. It’s got nice flavor, but I expected more from a competition grade tea. I have the regular winter TGY from TTC and will be tasting it soon to see how it stacks up.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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