Longfengxia High Mountain Spring Oolong tea, Lot 722

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Apricot, Flowers, Fruity, Orchid, Osmanthus, Pineapple, Tropical
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185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 g 2 oz / 70 ml

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  • “Almost gave up on this tea because of the persistent astringency and weakish taste. Eventually I learned that the trick is to brew it like a green tea. Anything hotter than 190 F scalds the tea,...” Read full tasting note
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We were quite enthusiastic in anticipating this spring 2018 production of Longfengxia. Our pre-picking visits to the Chen family’s garden atop the Dragon’s Gorge (Longfengxia) sector of the greater Shanlinxi terroir showed luscious leaves and healthy bushes that had not suffered the harsh weather conditions as in previous years. When production started on May 14, as customary, our privileged relationship with the Chen’s allowed us to taste every single production day’s output and cherry pick the second day’s one (out of 7). This is our usual choice as the leaves come from the highest section of the garden and the tea maker had a chance to calibrate his technique with day 1. The marvellous yellow-gold colour of this season’s Longfengxia 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. Teas from this terroir are a delight, and the teas that originate from this particular garden are exemplary. The numerous followers they have amongst you is the best testimony to the skill of this 2 generation family operation. Longfengxia designates the area in the higher levels of the Shanlinxi terroir of Nantou County. It is very often referred to for its spectacular scenery where the tea gardens cling to the mountain on near vertical vertiginous slopes. Shanlinxi oolong distinguishes itself from other Gao Shan oolongs in that it features clearly defined balsam notes that make it particularly appealing to the palate and nose. It is a must for all high mountain enthusiasts and we must warn you… it is very addictive!

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Almost gave up on this tea because of the persistent astringency and weakish taste. Eventually I learned that the trick is to brew it like a green tea. Anything hotter than 190 F scalds the tea, destroying its subtleties and punishing you with bitterness. Turns out 182-185 F is the sweet spot for optimum flavor.

The tea has a tropical-floral flavor that evolves with each steep. Upon opening the pouch, I was hit with an intense hyacinth aroma. Pastoral flowers emerged when placed in a heated pot. Wet leaf brought out more floral aromas of lillies, vanilla, and baby’s breath. The first steep was flowery with osmanthus and hyacinth intermingled with herbaceous notes. The next steep brought out a sweet apricot flavor. As it continued steeping, tropical fruit began to emerge. I picked up notes of pineapple and papaya. Later it shifted to a familiar high mountain taste before fading around the 7th steep.

This is a finicky tea to brew but rewarding when you get it right. It’s refined, smooth, and has a calm, energizing cha qi. This is a tea you need to sit down and pay attention to in order to appreciate its subtleties.

Flavors: Apricot, Flowers, Fruity, Orchid, Osmanthus, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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