Tea Hunting Stories — daurim
It feels like spring again thanks to this fabulous hand-picked Si Ji Chun from Namaxia, Taiwan. I assume tea trees' favorite season is spring. They are the most prolific in the spring. This is when new leaves come out with full of vitality after the winter rest period. However, for Si Ji Chun, every season is spring as the name implies. Fragrant young leaves come out throughout the year. Si Ji Chun has colorful bouquet scents like magnolia, gardenia, and jasmine flowers. Since its taste and flavor is vivid and rich, many people including tea beginners are in love with...
This is Mr. Gao's High Mountain Bai Hao (Oriental Beauty). His Bai Hao tea garden is located at an elevation of around 1,600 m (5,250 ft). Unlike most Bai Hao gardens, the cultivar in his garden is Jin Xuan instead of the usual Qing Xin Da Mao. Using Jin Xuan is possible because it’s a high mountain garden.
The trees in the garden are only for Oriental Beauty, and are picked only once a year. He then lets the trees rest for the remainder of the year. Tea trees, like people, could get exhausted if they are overworked. Mr. Gao thinks of his trees as people, so he does not overburden them.
Isn’t it beautiful? As its name indicates (野放 Ye Fang: grown in the wild), the trees are grown with other plants and organisms in nature without any artificial fertilizers.
From the dry leaves, you can smell hints of fruits, roasted nuts, and flowers. You won’t get bored by this wide spectrum of scents.
In each sip, flavors like peach, honey, Mi Xiang, orchids, and fruits are refreshingly harmonized with a little bit of sweetness and a great finish. You will sense a very vivid floral bouquet aftertaste.
I would like to introduce a unique tea, La La Shan Oolong, which is the first Daurim tea of 2018 and came here after going through the snow in Taiwan. La La Shan is a mountain in the southeastern region of Taoyuan. The maximum elevation of the mountain is about 1,500m (4,900ft). The area is not well-known to the public yet, so the trees are in a great condition, and the farmers solely focus on making great teas. The leaves were harvested on January 3rd, 2018, which makes it a real winter tea. The tea exemplifies characteristics of winter teas,...