2021 Winter Diva High Mountain OolongFloating Leaves Tea
Formerly Known as Traditional High Mountain
I decided to change the name. The descriptor 'Traditional' felt too stuffy for the fruity, flamboyant nature of the tea. It is big and sweet, with lots of bold fragrance and thick body.
We originally called this tea 'Traditional High Mountain' because it was processed a bit darker, like the tea in Dong Ding or how High Mountain oolong used to be before the tea was as green as it is today. Actually high mountain oolong was first pursued by farmers from Dong Ding, when they visited Alishan and realized the weather was suitable for making Dong Ding style oolong.
This kind of tea is harder to find these days, because most farmers find it more profitable to make the greener version of high mountain. Because the fragrance of those teas are more flashy and floral, they grab the attention easily. Tea like this, however, trades some of the bright tones for a rich, thick broth.
This tea comes from a medium sized garden near the indigenous Atayal people's village Smangus, a remote village in Northern Taiwan known for virgin old growth forests and ancient cypress trees. Not many farmers are growing tea up there, and this specific garden is newly planted. Beautiful ecology, with lots of wild animals and plants around the tea bushes. Roughly located at 1500 meters. The 'sea of clouds' and mountain mist are beautiful in the morning.
Aroma is generous and reveals the tea to be a bit of a show off. Round, beautiful notes of tropical fruits, like guava and passionfruit, intermingle with rich, sweet florals. The broth is golden, fat and buttery, with a creamy mouth coating texture. Full of complexity and fragrant intensity that the cooler weather brings in the high altitudes.
Aftertaste is long and developed, the fragrance once again sweetens the mouth and fills sinuses. Broth reaches to the throat with a warming sensation, and into the chest.
This is not a light and delicate high mountain oolong, it is thick and full with bodacious complexity. It has a lot of attitude; a 'Diva' of a tea.
- Harvest Location : Jianshi Township, Hsinchu, Taiwan
- Harvest Date : November 2021
- Cultivar : Qing Xin Oolong
- Farming Method : Conventional
- Altitude : 1500 meters