These leaves were harvested from young tea trees that were ready for their very first trimming, prompting them to sprout more branches before growing taller. This premier harvest of organically cultivated Jin Xuan Tea plants is what we have chosen to share on the occasion of Chinese New Year with the Eco-Cha Tea Club. The character of this tea conveys the vibrant, nutrient-rich, new growth of young tea trees growing on an organic farm.
The harvest took place in early December, so these leaves are the most recent growth on plants nearing 2 years old. This primary trimming of the plants is a necessary stage of their cultivation, and provided a mere 27kg of cured tea leaves. This newest leaf growth on the young plants at the end of the year produced a batch of tea with a substantial, balanced flavor profile. It's a unique batch of Jin Xuan tea in our experience, offering a fresh, green vegetal base with an amazing combination of floral and herbal overtones.
The aroma coming off the leaves in their first steeping offers garden fresh vegetable notes, followed by an exceptional floral and herbal complexity in the flavor profile. There is a smooth, balanced vegetal character in the body like steamed artichoke with a hint of butter. The lasting finish holds a savory bouquet of fresh herbs. The overall character of this tea is especially vibrant, while remaining smooth and balanced throughout the brew, with almost no bitter/astringent edge.
We feel that sharing this premier batch of organic Jin Xuan Oolong Tea at the Chinese New Year is an auspicious beginning of the Year of the Earth Dog! We've undeniably felt our connection with this farmer grow from business to friendship in the span of time since this plot of tea was planted. This is the heart of the matter that continues to sustain and inspire our efforts to share our life in tea through the Eco-Cha Tea Club.
We look forward to hearing about your experience of this tea, so please remember to share your comments, photos, and tasting videos here for all of our tea club members to appreciate. If this tea sounds interesting, you might also be interested in our other line of teas. Happy Chinese New Year!
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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.