A few months ago, Tom Lin replaced the rain-damaged sections of the outer walls of the cabin. Mr. Lin was inspired to have Tom apply a preservative stain to the entire outer walls of the cabin after he finished repairing the wood. Sand has been transported and carried up to the cabin for the floor of the cement foundation to be evened out in preparation for laying tile--Mr. Lin's latest decision. We'll post more photos as the work progresses. We're excited for the first gathering at the cabin once it's done!
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This month's batch of tea being shared with the Eco-Cha Tea Club was made by Mr. Su — an 80 year-old artisan of traditional Dong Ding Oolong Tea. He planted a plot of the Tie Guan Yin strain in his backyard several years ago, and this is the second time we've sourced this tea type from him. Mr. Su is our favorite representative of traditionally made tea in Taiwan, and it brings us a special kind of joy to be able to share his tea with our tea club members.
This batch has a particularly sweet character, with slightly tangy, fruity notes and a pleasantly clean lingering aftertaste. It has just enough of that cured, almost fermented character that makes it reminiscent of a traditionally made Tie Guan Yin Oolong. But given that it was only roasted once, it maintains a mild flavor profile similar to a Hong Shui Oolong.