This late spring crop of Jin Xuan Oolong tea leaves were cured as a Green Tea, without any intentional oxidation of the leaves after they were picked. They were simply brought directly indoors from the garden, spread on bamboo trays, and allowed to wilt slightly to begin their dehydration. As soon as the leaves lost their turgidity and became supple, they were exposed to high heat in tumble dryers to prevent oxidation.
The leaves were almost fully grown at harvest time, but still very young and tender. The larger leaf size provides a more full-bodied character within the green tea category while still maintaining that full fresh green character and flavor profile. The aroma of the brewed leaves is a garden fresh scent, following an afternoon summer rain. The texture is exceedingly smooth and balanced, with a green vegetal flavor profile, and a clean refreshing finish with just a touch of bitter to convey its pure tea character.
This is the very first batch of Green Tea that Eco-Cha has ever sourced! We feel that this singular batch that was harvested and cured on a very significant date and time of day in the traditional Chinese lunar calendar is the perfect introduction for our Tea Club members. We are once again honored to be able to share such a unique batch of tea with you in our ongoing efforts to represent Taiwan's rare and premium teas.
Please join us in sharing your experience of this batch of Dragon Boat Green Tea. Post your photos, videos, and comments here for all our members to see! See you next month for further explorations into the world of Taiwanese specialty teas!
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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.