Tea Hunting Stories — oolong
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.
After a long search for premium Bai Hao, we are pleased to introduce this tea, the only Oriental Beauty in our collection. Since this tea is made of only young leaves, Bai Hao is not produced as productively as other teas. In other words, if a Bao Zhong garden produces 10kg of tea, an Oriental Beauty garden of the same size produces only 1-2kg of tea. This leads to Oriental Beauty’s high cost. The most distinct feature of Oriental Beauty is its unique honey scent (Mi Xiang). Oriental Beauty owes this scent to a small insect called Jacobiasca formosana, which...