2020 Spring Shan Lin Xi High MountainFloating Leaves Tea
We express shipped a small amount of this tea because we just couldn't wait any more. If it shows as sold out quickly, don't worry. There will be more in the next few weeks!
When we say High Mountain Oolong it means two things. One, the tea is grown above 1,000 meters. Two, it is generally processed light, more towards green tea than black, and it is rolled into little pearls, or 'ball rolled'. The name refers to the location that the tea was grown; in this case Shan Lin Xi. This farm on Shan Lin Xi is about 1,500 meters high.
This year the weather got cold quickly in Taiwan, so the Winter harvest was early. All the high mountains and Baozhong we got were finished before the beginning of December. So far we are happy with the results, the teas are well balanced and have fully developed aroma.
Fragrance of the wet leaves is BIG and bright! Prominent note is some kind of citrus, which really cuts through in a sparkly kind of way. Broth is well balanced and strong. Not heavy, because it's still a very lightly oxidized oolong, but it has a boldness in the way it lays in the mouth.
Aftertaste is long and leaves behind a complex fragrance as well as a unique salivation that we associate with Shan Lin Xi. We both want to call it mineral.
We will update tasting notes in the next few weeks. The tea just arrived yesterday (5/23) and it is undergoing a bit of jet-lag, so we are expecting it will become more focused as it opens up.
- Harvest Location : Shan Lin Xi, Zhushan, Nantou, Taiwan
- Harvest Date : April, 2020
- Cultivar : Qing Xin
- Farming Method : Conventional
- Altitude : 1500 Meters