|"The flavour is crisp and clean, slightly creamy and vegetal with subtle mineral overtones."|
This tea is grown in the Cui Feng district in the mountain areas of Lishan in Taiwan, and it is both high mountain and hand plucked, important aspects for quality teas. I slice open the vacuum-sealed package T-Oolong shipped this in, let the leaves breathe awhile, then brew gong-fu style: 1 gram per 180° ounce water, rinse, steep for thirty seconds.
The liquor is a crisp, clear, pale yellow. It smells mostly creamy but has a hint of brightness. The flavour is crisp and clean, slightly creamy and vegetal with subtle mineral overtones. It leaves a largely clean finish, aside from a mild lingering sweetness. It’s a simple tea, serene and refreshing. For a gong fu brew, especially, it’s quite delicate.
My next, 45-second steep is more vegetal and mineral, losing some of that delicate creamy sweetness and replacing it with a heavier hint of lilac, a shift I am neither particularly excited nor disappointed about and a trend that continues for the following steeps. It gets heavier-handed for a few cups, but soon it mellows out again, leaving me with a lasting impression more akin to the first steep than the second, albeit less subtle.
Nothing about this tea makes it stand out particularly much, so I can’t say it’s one that will leave a lasting impression on me. But it’s a solid blend, though subtle. I’m not in a rush to make sure this ends up on my shelf, but it’s another leaf I’d probably buy if I were putting together an order from these guys, a hypothetical order that seems to get larger with every sample they send me.
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