Eco-Cha Tea Club: Premier Crop Organic Jin Xuan Oolong Tasting Notes
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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Mr. Zhang's father cultivated tea on their homesteaded land in Xiaobantian, on the southside of Lugu Township, where he grew up in the midst of traditional tea making. At 20 something, he decided to embody his local tradition by clearing land to cultivate his own plot of tea. For the last 20 years, he has managed his own humble, privately owned plot of tea. Throughout this period, he also acquired seasonal work in tea factories in Lugu, Shanlinxi, Alishan, Fanzaitian, and Lishan. In a word, he learned the ropes of tea making in a comprehensive way, like most tea farmers of his generation. Lugu hosts the highest concentration of tea makers in Taiwan, and is a hub of specialty tea making culture.