Spring Harvest 2014 Report #3 - First Sips, Jin Xuan Oolong
Last week, we tasted samples of two different batches Jin Xuan Oolong grown at 1000 plus meters elevation in Meishan, Chiayi County that were harvested and processed last week. They were quite nice and seemed above average in balance of fragrance and substantial flavor. We'd definitely call both of these batches a success. Alishan is known to receive stronger sun and warmer temperatures, so perhaps the late spring this year was overall a good thing. If so, the yield may not have been affected significantly in this area.
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We have become close friends, and this is a unique connection in our 25 years of involvement with tea producers in the local Taiwan tea industry. This farm is a rare resource, given its environment and micro-climate. The owners have faced many challenges and only in the last few years have developed their organic farming to a stable situation. Now, with some support and guidance, we believe they will soon be producing some of the best organic tea in Taiwan!