2019 Spring Baozhong Farmer's ChoiceFloating Leaves Tea
Baozhong is a modern open leaf oolong, naturally fragrant without any scenting. Historically Baozhong was a scented tea until two Taiwanese farmers in Nangang found a way to produce an floral fragrance with innovative processing techniques. It is now one of the most popular oolong teas in Taiwan, although it is relatively unknown here in the States.
This Baozhong is made by our longtime farmer friend Mr Chen in Pinglin. We have been working with him for over 13 years. He was born to rice farmers, and switched to tea. He is one of the hardest working and upbeat farmers we know. He has an experimental attitude about tea farming, and does every step of the processing in house, instead of outsourcing as is common practice now.
Farmer Chen processes this tea to give it a heavier body and more fruit notes. It is not made to win competitions; that would require extremely light processing, floral notes and a jade colored broth like the Competition Style Baozhong.
Wet leaves have a fruity, sweet scent with an underlying herbal background. Broth is very juicy, both in texture, fruity aroma and sweet taste. It is full and rich. Aftertaste has the sugary sweetness of late season fruit, not much sharpness to it.
This is a sweet, rich baozhong. Very fruity and satisfying. We are very into the Baozhong this season; each one seems to have more longevity than usual, and extra sweetness.
- Harvest Location : Pinglin, Taiwan
- Harvest Date : May, 2019
- Cultivar : Qing Xin
- Farming Method : Conventional