Mr. and Mrs. Lin harvested their spring crop of organic oolong tea today! The early morning fog retreated and offered a clear day for the harvest. And today's unusual weather of a mild cold-front coming in brought a natural air-conditioned effect for the processing of the leaves in their home factory. The yield was slightly less than expected due to the unusually dry growing season, but still produced considerably more than the previous inaugural harvest.
We eagerly look forward to tasting the fresh spring batch, and will keep you posted as the leaves are roasted and are ready to share. Here are a few shots of the morning harvest and early afternoon solar withering.
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We recently visited Mr. Liu when we hosted a visitor from Italy who was keen on experiencing the local tea culture. Our guest was truly elated to be served tea by a true artisan of the trade. Mr. Liu served us three different teas that were all locally harvested this past spring. They varied only in their degree oxidation and roasting. And the one that was sufficiently oxidized, but only lightly roasted, immediately impressed us.