Spring Harvest 2014 Report #6 - The Weather's Fine As Harvest Climbs!
April 18, 2014
The weather this spring continues to be ideal during harvest season. Almost no rain has allowed farmers to remain on schedule and not have to postpone the timing of their harvest. We are crossing our fingers that it will hold out as the elevation of harvest locations continues to climb. In Southern Nantou County, harvest has reached 1200-1400m, although some of our friends at 700-800m in this area have yet to pick and process their spring leaves. The cold and dry start to the growing season has affected varying micro-climates differently. Stay tuned for more detailed harvest reports from Taiwan...
Harvest photos taken Friday April 18th, 2014 in Shan Lin Xi by 李明正.
We were captivated by the flavor profile with the first sip when our mentorLisa Lin brewed for us on an impromptu visit to her home. It's vibrant, fresh, complex, and also smooth and balanced. Its overall profile carries delicate floral aromatic notes, and a distinct honey-like flavor suspended in a thick, smooth composition. The most distinctive aspect of this batch is that it maintains a very fresh character while having no green vegetal or herbal qualities. It's an amazing balance of delicate floweriness and freshly baked scones. In sum, it's a proper tribute to the magic of bug bitten tea!
Andy visited the farm a second time because the older brother had told him that he had transitioned his own plots of tea to completely natural farming, i.e. not using any chemical pesticides or fertilizers. The image above clearly shows the contrast of a transitional plot of tea in the foreground, compared to the commercially farmed plots of tea on the neighboring farm below in the background.
Great news for roasted tea lovers! We have a new roasted tea selection on our shelves that is both affordable and delectable! Our new Roasted Tsui Yu Oolong is the perfect coffee alternative, for those looking to cut down on their caffeine intake. It has a rich, bold, hearty character that makes it a great coffee sub