Batch 63 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club was harvested in November 2020, processed, and then sorted to remove stem material and any discolored leaves in preparation for the winter 2020 competition and the New Taipei City Farmers's Association.
The distinctive quality of Baozhong Tea is that the leaves are shuffled well to induce uniform oxidation, but they are only minimally rolled. This keeps their physical composition in tact. The leaves are not damaged by pressure rolling. This locks in a fresh, green quality that put Baozhong Tea in a category of its own.
The brewed tea is a luminous golden green with a limpid clarity. The delicate looking brew has a substantial flavor profile that is prominently dark leafy greens with a touch of sweetness, and a lingering herbal finish. We brewed 11g aof tea leaves in a 200mL teapot for roughly one minute intervals, and the composition remained consistent through six infusions. This tea does not easily overbrew, and has low astringency and bitterness.
The brewed leaves are very uniform in color, with only hints of oxidation, and virtually no bruising or tearing. Although a small portion of the leaves have either been cut when harvested, or broken after they were dried and packaged. Baozhong is special in that it has a fresh green character, but is also substantial, with a well-rounded composition. It's delicate, but more bold in character than a traditionally made Green Tea, such as Longjing or Biluochun. It is refreshing as well as satisfying.
We feel that the character of this Competition Grade Baozhong is suitable for the Lunar New Year celebrations in that this holiday marks the beginning of spring as well as a new year. May we all get off to a fresh, vibrant start in the Year of the Golden Ox!
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