Review: Origin Tea Shan Lin Xi: Yang Zi Wan (A) 2012 Winter

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Its OK"The tea is drinkable but the question is really why. I drink tea for the taste and well this tea really doesn't have any. "
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originshanlinxiwinter2012Origin Tea is an online vendor with a goal that I can wholeheartedly get behind. It is to make high quality teas available worldwide at reasonable prices. They are based out of Taiwan and ship worldwide. The website itself is crisp and clean with both a currency converter and a search engine so that the visitor can find their way around easily.

Now onto the tea itself. I wanted to share the info that is available on the website for it.
Harvest: 2012 Winter
Region: Nantou District, Lugu Township, Zhu Shan Village
Altitude: +/- 1400 meters
Picking: Hand Picked
Oxidation: Light (+/- 20%)
Roast: minimal

My sample arrived sealed in a vacuum packed foil bag that is sealed about another plastic bag to ensure freshness. This freshness was borne out in the aroma which reminded me of green growing plants especially honeysuckle and clover. The leaves themselves are tiny fists in the colors of medium and dark olive green.

I set up a pot to brew using 195 degree water and a steep time of 2 minutes. The resulting brew is a pale gold with a rather interesting fragrance. It is definitely a floral oolong without being in your face. I am really reminded on the light perfume of clover blossoms with just a hint of mint.

This tea has a really light body. In fact, my first sip was almost like drinking plain hot water with just a touch of brothiness. As the tea cools, the body does get heavier but there just really isn't any flavor to speak of. The tea is drinkable but the question is really why. I drink tea for the taste, and well this tea really doesn't have any.

— To purchase Origin Tea Shan Lin Xi: Yang Zi Wan (A) 2012 Winter, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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