Cultivar: Jinxuan Oolong (aka milky Oolong)
Origin: Zhushan, Nantou county, Taiwan
Harvested by hand on December 28th, 2014.
Process: Light oxidation, rolled and no roast.
Dong Pian means winter petal and is the name for late winter harvested Oolong in Taiwan. The tea trees should be resting during the cold season, but they are sometimes awakened by good, spring like weather. Then, for a short period of time they produce tea leaves under very peculiar circumstances: there's very little sunshine time and nights are very cool. These conditions are similar to high mountain weather.
I brew this fresh Dong Pian in my porcelain gaiwan in order to preserve its fine and fresh flower fragrances. The milky scent is very light and very different from the artificially scented versions.
The taste is fresh and sweet. The aftertaste of this lot has a nice energy that I didn't get with the other samples I tried. It feels like a ray of sunshine through the dark. This is the finest and freshest version of Jinxuan Oolong from Zhushan!
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