Thursday, November 17, 2011
2011 Winter Shan Lin Shi Oolong
Origin: Shan Lin Shi
Elevation: 1500 meters
Harvested by hand on November 3rd, 2011
Process: Lightly oxidized rolled Oolong
Test brew: 3 grams for 6 minutes.
The tightly rolled dry leaves have vivid green colors.
Very fresh, fine and flowery. Almost like a perfume!
Despite the long brew, there's no astringency or bitterness. True to its season, this winter harvest is very sweet, in a light way. And this feeling lingers on with a zesty freshness for several minutes.
The choice of a blue Cha Bu came as, after weeks of cloudy weather, this tea reminded me of a blue mountain sky!
Shan Lin Shi's character is finesse and elegance. The winter season's light and long sweetness underlines these traits. The fresh taste almost feels like the fine bubbles of Champagne!...
The Qinghua decoration style on porcelain was popularized by the Mongols during the Yuan dynasty. The blue on white reminded the nomadic tribes of the big sky in the steppes of Asia.