Long Feng Xia High Mountain Oolong Tea Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

January 12, 2019 0 Comments

Long Feng Xia High Mountain Oolong dried leaves

Batch #38  of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is kicking off 2019 with a cutting edge rendition of Taiwanese High Mountain Oolong Tea. We're inspired to share this batch of tea because of its differentiating value from the conventional market grade High Mountain Tea that has become well known in Taiwan and beyond. 

The differentiating value is in the timing of the harvest, and in the processing methods employed in curing the leaves. The leaves were allowed to grow further into maturity in their initial growth cycle. So they were picked a week or so later than the norm, which means that a portion of the leaves on the growing tip stem that was plucked were very close to full size. In addition to the timing of the harvest, the leaves were sufficiently oxidized (i.e. more than than norm of SOP High Mountain Tea production), and more significantly — they were dried more extensively in the final stage of processing to stabilize their composition.

Long Feng Xia High Mountain Oolong Gongfu brewing

Above we brewed 10g of tea leaves in a 175ml pot, starting at 50 seconds and adding 10-20 seconds with each subsequent brew, for 6 steepings.

The tea farms on the ridge above Long Feng Xia (Dragon Phoenix Gorge) boast some of the finest yield of High Mountain Oolong leaf in Taiwan. This is due to the micro-climate in conjunction with farm management and processing of the harvests by some of the most knowledgable tea producers in the world. This farming region is partially managed by traditional tea makers in nearby Lugu, the home of Dong Ding Oolong Tea. So the generations of experience in tea making combined with ideal high elevation growing conditions offers us a next level of High Mountain Oolong Tea.

Long Feng Xia High Mountain Oolong brewed tea in a cup

So, what do all of the above factors boil down to in the brewing of this batch of leaf? Well, it offers a mellowed, stable composition of unroasted, yet well-cured high elevation Oolong. The sufficiently oxidized, thoroughly dried leaves brew a balanced, full bodied character with a creamy texture that carries both vegetal and fresh pastry notes. It's both soothing and stimulating. It's not roasted, and it's not green. It's got a touch of mild herbs, cauliflower, heavy cream, and a hint of baked root vegetables. In short, it's satisfying. And the original flavor is less susceptible to losing it's original flavor over time, due to its thorough and masterful curing process.

Long Feng Xia High Mountain Oolong brewed tea leaves

Please let us know what your experience is, and how you think this subtle yet significant variation of tea processing suits your tea taste!

LET US KNOW!

We really want to know what you think! Leave your impressions or questions in the comment section below!

SUBSCRIBE!

If you enjoyed this post and would like to hear more about the specialty tea industry here in Taiwan, follow us on YouTubeFacebook, and Instagram and please subscribe to our newsletter. Subscribe now and get $5 off your first order!






Also in News

Wenshan Baozhong Winter Tea 2021 | Eco-Cha Teas
Wenshan Baozhong Winter Tea 2021 | Eco-Cha Teas

November 25, 2021 0 Comments

Wenshan Baozhong is perhaps the most historical Taiwan tea. Originating in Fujian, China — it was initially exported to Europe and America in the 1800's. It is also the predecessor of Taiwan's famous High Mountain Tea in the sense it is a lightly oxidized, unroasted tea.

View full article →

Bi Luo Chun Green Tea Winter 2021 | Eco-Cha Teas
Bi Luo Chun Green Tea Winter 2021 | Eco-Cha Teas

November 19, 2021 0 Comments

Just like our spring procurement, we were inspired to purchase the entire batch of tea! We continue to be surprised by how much we enjoy this specialty Green Tea, having been so immersed in Taiwanese Oolongs for decades. It has a distinct character with a substantial flavor profile that does not get boring at all!

View full article →

Taiwan Lugu Competition Dong Ding Oolong Tea brewed up
Lugu Competition Dong Ding Oolong Tea Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

November 18, 2021 0 Comments

Batch 72 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a Lugu Competition Dong Ding Oolong Tea. This tea type is one of the top three most famous Taiwan Teas and was prepared for one of the largest and most prestigious Oolong Tea competitions in the world. So we thought it's representing as a specialty Taiwanese Tea!

View full article →