|1999 vs. 2014 Hung Shui Oolong from Yong Lung|
- The size used to be smaller. Nowadays, more leaves are harvested together, on one stem. This makes the dry Oolong look more like high mountain Oolong. This represents a paradigm shift in the way consumers look at Oolong. Before, small was considered better, because this implied more buds, leaves that are more tender, more concentration. There were no stems also, like for competition Oolong. But with the rise of high mountain Oolong, a big leaf size is now associated with high altitude and high altitude with quality.
- The color of the old Oolong is slightly brown, whereas the young Hung Shui actually looks darker with its dark green color. This is the normal color of naturally aged Hung Shui.
- The 1999 leaves are unfurling a little bit, while the 2014 leaves are tightly rolled. This is another sign that this Oolong is genuinely old.
For the second brew, I pour my boiling water very slowly on the open leaves. I imagine that I want to caress them with the water...
Twitter a few days ago: the golden colors of this Chaxi (the obi, the copper chatuo, the copper jianshui, the brew) take their inspiration from Klimt's Kiss!