August 2007, I already reported that insider news: the Oolongs who win at this competition come mostly from high altitude plantations. Here's an example:
Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Origin: Tsui Feng mountain
Elevation: 1700 meters
Harvested by hand in Spring 2014
Processed as a competition Dong Ding Oolong (Hung Shui and no stems). It's from the same batch as a prize winner, but it's a 'left over', because only 18 kg are allowed per batch at the competition.
hōngbèi', the High Mountain Oolong preserves its particular mountain freshness and elegance, but it acquires warmer and fruitier flavors. It's like adding a bass drum to a high pitched sound. It adds depth and body to the taste while you still feel a lot of crystal clear freshness. The taste is also sweeter and less sour than with Dong Ding Oolong. The aftertaste is powerful and full of energy. But it's not one dimensional: there's a wonderful balance between the sweet honey/fruity flavors and the mountain cool. It jumps, dances and whirls in the mouth!
La Cité des Dames (by Capella de Ministrers), music from the Middle Ages. The high pitched sound of the song and the deep drums are a wonderful echo to this Gao Shan Hung Shui Oolong! This sacred music sung by a woman in Latin conveys a feeling of calm joy and deep faith. It brings you to the top of the world!
|From the top of Hehuan Shan, near Tsui Feng|