Le meilleur (Baozhong) pour la fin (de la série): le Baozhong semi-sauvage est proche du 'forêt subtropical' par son oxidation, mais il contraste par une infusion plus ronde et reposante et des parfums plus purs encore.These Qingxin/Luanze Oolong leaves come from a tea plantation that hasn't been maintained for over 3 years. No fertilizers and no pesticides have been used for a long time. We can see that the leaves have grown quite long, a good sign of their organic origin. The colors of the dry leaves are very sharp and vivid.
Like the 'subtropical forest', these traditional Wenshan Baozhong leaves have been processed with a higher oxidation level as is usual nowadays. So, there are many similarities in terms of fragrance between these 2. The dry smell also reminds of my walks in the mountainous Wenshan forest around Taipei.
The color of the infusion is yellow, slightly orange, and bright. The transparency of the brew is very good. (Better than on the picture, as we have a cloudy sky and suboptimal conditions for photography).
The smells are particularly pure. I find both the fragrance of subtropical flowers and of the Wenshan forest. This time, the fragrances are lighter and fresher than the previous (winter) semi-wild Baozhong I had, because this is the Spring harvest. The scents are full of sun, pure, but thick and also fruity, like apples.
The taste is much more calm than the 'subtropical forest', which is more energizing, electrifying. There is a sour hint at the beginning, but it's immediately replaced by a deep mellow and sweet taste. The tingle in the mouth is there, but it plays several octaves lower (than the 'subtropical forest Baozhong'). The end is dry, but it continues to play in your mouth several minutes after you've swallowed it. Very nice.
The open leaves are big, sharp and fully developed. This confirms the natural environment where they have grown. You can also see that they have been bitten here and there by little insects. The color is dark green with hints of red, confirming also their higher oxidation level.
Price: A pack of 100 gr costs as much as a pack of 150 gr of 'subtropical forest' Baozhong.
Prix: Le paquet de 100 gr coute autant que 150 gr de Baozhong 'forêt subtropicale'.
Shizuoka 2015, Tamakawa Kôshun
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