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.
Tea grown at high altitude is known for its substantial composition and smooth texture, particularly when the leaves have been sufficiently oxidized. This batch of tea offers that creamy texture and subtle complexity of flavor as a base, with a pronounced charcoal roasted component at the forefront. The charcoal roast is prominent in the first few brews, and the underlying complexity of the tea flavor comes through more and more with each brew.
Spring growing season had a long slow start this year, due to almost no rain until the beginning of April. The long awaited rain gave the tea trees what they needed to bring their spring buds into maturity. And we got a full week of good weather toward the end of the month, which turned out to be perfect timing for both our Shan Lin Xi and Alishan High Mountain Oolong sources.
We feel that the constitution of these tea leaves that were grown at high altitude with optimal farming methods, and crafted by some of the top tea producers in the industry, is what makes this batch so special. We cherish both the knowledge and the quality tea that Mr. Zhuang generously shared with us. We will miss him dearly.