2021 Winter Smooth Water BaozhongFloating Leaves Tea
This Smooth Water Baozhong is from Nangang, the birthplace of Taiwanese Baozhong. Around the turn of the 20th century, Baozhong was produced as a flower scented tea, exported to South Asia and Northern China. The Taiwan Tea Reform Institute challenged farmers to create a Baozhong with the floral scent that drinkers were looking for, but naturally, without adding any scenting agent. The two farmers who successfully produced that flavor were both growing tea in Nangang. Now, Nangang tea farmers are very proud of their tradition of producing excellent floral Baozhong.
The first time he and Shiuwen met, he opened with "I bet you've never tasted real Baozhong before". He's very proud of what he makes as it was passed down through his family, and he wanted to show what Nangang tea could do. Shiuwen, never wanting to lose out on an opportunity to learn, said "Oh, I must not have. I've only had Pinglin Baozhong, never Nangang. What's the difference, can we try some?" Of course he was excited to share his tea and his knowledge, so they whipped his Nangang Baozhong, some Pinglin Baozhong to compare, and some bowls. The take away was that after 20 minutes soaking in a tea bowl, this Nangang Baozhong maintained a beautifully smooth, soft texture without "breaking". So we call it Smooth Water!
Dry leaves are a vibrant forest green and broth brews up the color of jade. Aroma is calming and and delicate, focused on a note of flowers with a creamy sweetness. There is a powdery texture as the scent enters the nostrils. The broth is so soft and smooth, it feels ethereal as it sits on the tongue and glides down the throat. Leaves behind a refreshing sweet aftertaste and gentle salivation. In later steeps the fragrance of fresh almonds starts to appear. This tea brings a pleasant 'fresh oolong' buzz in the body.
We have to be very quick to get an order in with this farmer, because he likes to enter his teas in the Baozhong competitions. And he wins a lot of those competitions, so he can get a MUCH higher price for the tea if he does that. We're very lucky he's willing to sell us this tea directly!
- Harvest Location : Nangang, Taiwan
- Harvest Date : November, 2021
- Cultivar : Qingxin