Mr. Chen's Heritage Wenshan Bao Zhong Winter Tea, Lot 881

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Apricot, Butter, Citrus, Coriander, Custard, Egg, Floral, Grass, Green, Herbaceous, Lilac, Orchid, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Sap, Spinach, Vegetal, Bergamot, Flowers, Sugarcane
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 g 6 oz / 178 ml

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  • “I bought this tea when we were still fooling ourselves that the pandemic would stay in China. That feels so long ago now. Fortunately, the vacuum sealing has kept this tea in good condition. I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Another brilliant Bao Zhong from TTC. Grandpa steeped 1.3g in my 10oz tea thermos using 200 F water. It opens with the scent and taste of fresh cut lilacs. Hints of orchids and something like a...” Read full tasting note
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”Heritage” is an understatement when it comes to this beautiful Winter Bao Zhong Tea. The maker, Mr. Chen, is 91 years old. He was born under the Japanese occupation and was 28 when they left the island in 1945. At about the same, time he started producing tea in the hills not far from Pinglin next to the family’s ancestral stone house where he still resides and continues, to this day, to practice his craft with the help of his son and daughter-in-law (not the other way around!). Apart from the few mobile phones laid on the furniture, stepping into his house is like visiting a living museum of rural life in Wenshan. Tasting his Bao Zhong tea offers the same experience which can also be reproduced in your own home! His Bao Zhong tea is slightly more oxidized, like it used to be, before today’s trend to greener teas. This imparts another layer of mineral complexity to the tea and a rounder texture. Still, the aroma of buttered green beans with distinctive floral overtones is definitely there. Nothing aggresses the senses. This winter offering has freshness and depth that makes this a unique tea. For the love of Bao Zhong tea but also for the love of Taiwan, and Mr. Chen, you must experience this tea.

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I bought this tea when we were still fooling ourselves that the pandemic would stay in China. That feels so long ago now. Fortunately, the vacuum sealing has kept this tea in good condition. I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 195F for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 90, and 120 seconds.

The dry aroma is of lilac, orchid, citrus, grass, and egg custard. The first steep is like a Tie Guan Yin with notes of lilac, orchid, spring flowers, egg custard, coriander, citrus, pineapple, butter, pleasant sourness, and grass. There’s a TGY-like apricot in the second steep, along with heaps of lilacs and other flowers and a green undertone. The next couple steeps have even heavier lilac notes, plus spring flowers, egg custard, citrus, sap, herbs, and grass. The tea gets more custardy and floral with each round, though spinach starts appearing in steep six. By the ninth steep or so, the tea is very green, though the lilac florals persist until the end of the session.

Despite being two years old, this is a lovely Baozhong. I particularly enjoyed its resemblance to Tie Guan Yin, which LuckyMe also noticed in a previous review. I wish the fruit had been more pronounced and had lasted longer, but the lilac notes more than made up for it! I’ll be getting more Baozhong this summer.

Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Citrus, Coriander, Custard, Egg, Floral, Grass, Green, Herbaceous, Lilac, Orchid, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Sap, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Another brilliant Bao Zhong from TTC. Grandpa steeped 1.3g in my 10oz tea thermos using 200 F water. It opens with the scent and taste of fresh cut lilacs. Hints of orchids and something like a summer green meadow. Egg custard in the finish. The florals become deeper as it steeps with notes of bergamot and magnolia and a sugarcane sweetness that pleasantly lingers on. Stays juicy and floral till the very last sip. Boiling water amplifies the lilacs and gives a more TGY like flavor but the nuances are lost.

Flavors: Bergamot, Custard, Flowers, Sugarcane

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

Oh my. I wasn’t going to order any more tea but is tempting…

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