|Subtropical forest Baozhong|
I chose my lowest priced Baozhong, the 'subtropical forest' Baozhong made of qingxin Oolong because this year's version exceeded my expectations and its scents are so similar to those of these surroundings.
- an Yixing zhuni Xishi teapot,
- 3 light celadon singing cups,
- 3 glass flower chatuo,
- a qinghua porcelain jar,
- a small Qing dynasty qinghua dish for the dry leaves,
- a medium Qing dynasty qinghua tea boat for the teapot,
- a celadon Jianshui (waste water container)
- a Green spring flowers chabu and a long bamboo mat below.
The celadon wares and green Chabu gives this Chaxi a fresh spring mood. The celadon cups also enhance the pale hue of the brew.
The ancient wares are also a reminder that Baozhong's tradition in northern Taiwan dates back to the end of the 19th century.
'3G' Baozhong. The Yingzhi Hongxin is a lesser known cultivar that provides an zesty variation or a more flowery profile when low oxidized. This year, I was able to get put my hands on a new cultivar, Ying Xiang (TTES No 20) that has been developed to suit Baozhong tea in 2004. The result is very powerful.
|Open leaves of Subtropical forest Baozhong, spring 2017|