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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Red Oolong offers a smooth, balanced, mildly sweet, rich but not quite bold flavor profile, with elements of fruit compote, pumpkin pie, and a hint of dried flowers. This ultra-friendly character, combined with the fact that almost all Red Oolong is cultivated naturally on the southeast coast of Taiwan, facing the wide open Pacific, which reminds a North American of Washington State or British Columbia, is no wonder why it is rapidly gaining popularity on the international market. Once again, Taiwan leads the way in Oolong Tea innovation!