Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong Tea
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Flavor: Heady floral/fruity aroma. Smooth mouth feel. Balanced floral and fruity notes. Clean, bitter/sweet finish.
Garden: This plot of tea is located in the Fanzaitian area of the Shan Lin Xi growing region. Our friend has entered batches of this tea in local High Mountain Tea competitions and repeatedly achieved high ranking awards.
Harvest: Hand-picked, medium batch, winter 2022. Shan Lin Xi, Taiwan.
This winter crop from the southern Fanzaitian slopes of Shan Lin Xi Tea growing region offers a substantial brew with a vibrant complexity. The aroma of the brewing leaves is a thick floral/fruity bouquet that is both soothing and stimulating. The tea has a smooth mouthfeel, with notes of savory herbs and fresh vegetables that offer just enough bitter quality to make the subtle flavors pop! It's a very satisfying and refreshing brew that can endure several steepings.
Our friend procured three consecutive days from this winter harvest that was later than most neighboring farms. The farmer allowed his tea trees to rest through the summer growing season. And only harvested in fall, followed by a light pruning of the branches in preparation for winter harvest. This allow the trees to have renewed energy to produce new growth following the fall harvest and subsequent pruning. This is how this farm stands apart in its winter produce with most other farms in the area.
Mug: 8g tea in 300ml 100°C water. Steep for 4 minutes. Re-steep. Adjust to taste.
Cold Brew: Use 6g of tea per liter of water. Brew tea at room temperature for 2-3 hours, and enjoy. Or you can put your cold brew bottle in the fridge to brew overnight and be ready to drink the next day.
Gong Fu: tart with a 1:15 leaf to water ratio, e.g. 10g of tea leaves for a 150mL teapot. Use boiling temperature water and brew for about 50 seconds. Increase brewing time with each successive brew. The leaves can be brewed 6 times. Adjust to taste.