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.
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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.