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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Award Winning Alishan High Mountain Oolong Tea Tasting Notes

April 07, 2017 1 Comment

The leaves in the above image were chosen by one of Taiwan's leading tea professionals who used his personal expertise in carefully roasting them to stabilize their constitution and bring their flavor to its fullest profile. This professional works with local farmers in the renowned village of Zhangshuhu on an annual basis to produce batches of tea that win the highest awards of the largest Oolong tea competitions in the world. The leaves must be properly cultivated, and most importantly properly oxidized before being slightly roasted for the Meishan Farmers' Association Competition.

Sufficient and competent oxidation of the leaves results in a full flavor profile and a balanced brew. It is also necessary for producing optimal results in roasting the leaves after they are rolled and dried. The level of roasting that these leaves have undergone is almost undetectable, unless they are compared side by side with a brew of unroasted leaves. The standard of quality set for this competition has evolved in recent years to require a subtle roasting process that cures and stabilizes the constitution of the tea leaves.

This combination of oxidized leaves with a slight roasting offers a balanced flavor profile that turns the fresh green quality into a sweeter, softer character that is complex and substantial. Instead of the herbal aroma of an unroasted High Mountain Oolong, there is a balanced, floral/vegetal quality with a touch of fresh pastry in the finish. Overall, it is soothing and satisfying in our experience. And due to the mellowed quality, we like to brew this tea type a bit more strongly than an unroasted Oolong. It can handle a more concentrated brew without becoming bitter or astringent. So we invite you to play with the amount of tea leaves you use to discover the spectrum of flavor and character they offer at varied concentrations. This is the privilege that is offered with a fine quality Oolong. There is a range of flavor qualities that can be enjoyed based on how you brew it.

We invite you to share your experience of this month's batch of tea that we are sharing exclusively with the Eco-Cha Tea Club. Post your comments, photos, and videos here for all of us to appreciate and learn from, and we'll see you next month!





1 Response

Daniele
Daniele

April 17, 2017

I got it today: indeed amazing!
I find the description spot on and i will try to brew it a bit stronger too.
The quality of the leaf is also very high; most of it is really one bud an a couple of leaves, and almost none of it broken.
Most pleasantly, it did leave me clear minded but calm, unlike some greener oolongs that can shake me a bit.
Thank you for another great experience!

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