Flavor: Woodsy, vegetal aroma. Balanced, nutty character. Lingering, clean finish.
Garden: This plot of tea is located in the historical Phoenix Village in Lugu Township. Mr. Lin has been managing this plot of tea organically for over 5 years. It is an early generation plot of Qing Xin Oolong inherited from Mrs. Lin's family. The mature tea trees have transitioned surprisingly well, and are producing leaves with a constitution that is reminiscent of decades past.
Harvest: Hand picked in small batches. Fall 2017. Phoenix Village, Lugu Township, Taiwan.
This batch of tea has the "original flavor" of Oolong that is reminiscent of generations past. It is a substantial, but mild character that is slightly sweet on the palate and has a distinctly aromatic, lingering aftertaste. The leaves were sufficiently oxidized, and roasted twice, but very gently. They were then left to "set" for a few months without being vacuum sealed. This allowed for a minimal, yet detectable amount of post-production oxidation that gives it a traditional Oolong character.
In addition to his newly planted organic farm that we were inspired to do our Indiegogo campaign for, Mr. Lin has also manages an early generation plot of Qing Xin Oolong that his wife inherited from their family farm. He has cultivated these mature Oolong tea trees organically for over 5 years. The plants transitioned from conventional farming to organic nicely, and are producing fine crops of leaves with an "original Oolong" character. This batch is delicately roasted, and has a mild character that sets it apart from a traditional Dong Ding Oolong. It offers a substantial brew, but without the noticeably roasty character of a Dong Ding. This tea still has a refreshing, vibrant character with very little astringency or bitter flavor.
The farm is located in Phoenix Village in Lugu Township, which is one of the earliest developed communities for producing Dong Ding Oolong Tea. Phoenix and Yonglong villages are perched on a ridge just above Dong Ding Mountain, and are renowned for both the rich red soil and the most densely populated community of traditional Dong Ding Oolong Tea artisans in Taiwan. In a word, it is our favorite place to visit family run farms that make our overall favorite kind of tea!