Shan Lin Xi - LongFengXia Winter Harvest

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Taiwanese High Mountain Oolong - WINTER HARVEST 

This year's winter was I a lot warmer than usual and the yields were lower than pervious years, which means the tea received extra special care in the processing department.  I purchased four out of the five harvests produced this winter by the Zhang family, with each having there own unique characteristics.  This particular harvest was less oxidised than the others.  The flavours and liquor were light, crisp and bright.  Due to the brief oxidisation the aroma was big, floral, fragrant and sweet.  Super smooth with absolutely no bitterness, notes of green grape, melon and bouquets of flowers are the hallmarks of this batch.  

Shan Ling Xi is regarded by many aficionados of Chinese tea to be the one of the finest tasting teas on earth.  This High Mountain Oolong is in a sub-category of Oolong tea that represents the creme-de-la-creme of Oolongs.  This tea delivers a parcel of flavour to your palate that clearly speaks for itself the moment it is sipped from the cup and lands on your tongue.  As the flowery fragrance dances through the nasal cavities, a complex diversity of taste and aftertaste embellish in your mouth and throat. 

Infusion times listed below are for the gong fu method of preparation using a gaiwan, competition cup or a small Yixing pot, using 4-5 grams of dried tea leaves. The ideal water temperature should be high at 95 degrees celsius and should be poured in slowly onto the side of the vessel and not directly onto the leaves. 

  • Rinse and discard
  • 1 minute
  • 20 seconds
  • 30 seconds
  • 45 seconds
  • 1 minute
  • 1 minute 20 sec
  • 1 minute 45 sec
  • 2 minutes 


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