Sunday, July 31, 2005
The winner is: Top Wen Shan Baozhong of Spring 2005
Season: Spring 2005
Place: Wen Shan, 600 meters height (bought in a century old tea shop in Taipei).
Tea set: White gaibei
Quantity: 150 ml
Water: Taiwanese mineral water (Yes)
Aspect of Dry leaves: Strong and clean.
Color of Dry leaves: Dark green.
Clarity: Clear, normal residue level.
Aspect of open leaves: The fragile long leaves are sometimes broken. Light fermentation.
Dry leaves: Strong, health green field.
Cover: Lillies and green field with flowers.
Tea: Clouds of flowers.
Warm leaves: Light earth
Dry glass: Flowery lillies that turn sweet.
Lingering sweetness: Long
Bitter/acid: No. Very light acidity that fits with the fresh feeling.
Feeling in the throat: Dry and comfortable.
Lingering dry feeling: Medium.
Other remark: The old shop I have this Baozhong from does do a little hong pei to smoothen the edges and help keep its freshness longer. Of course, the hong pei is much lighter than for a Luanze oolong, and does reduce the intense fresh smell of baozhong a little. However, my tasting of the intense summer jinxuan showed that too much 'green' fresh taste can upset the stomach and doesn't produce a nice feeling in the mouth or throat. This baozhong is able to keep its fresh feeling for a longer time of 2-4 months (store it in a fresh, dry and odorless place) and is both pleasant to the nose and to the mouth. It is the clear winner of this one-on-one tasting!