Friday, September 27, 2013
2013 Spring Organic Concubine Oolong
Origin: Feng Huang (Dong Ding), Taiwan
Elevation: 700 meters
Harvested by hand on April 2nd, 2013
Process: Organic plantation, high oxidized, rolled and medium roasted.
Competition brewing with 3 grams for 6 minutes.
winter 2011 Concubine (which it replaces in my selection). The major impact of having now a spring harvest instead of a winter harvest is that the brew is more fragrant. The scents of red, exotic and ripe fruits coat the mouth and seem to never leave. The cold scent is all honey.
It's feminine and pure like the first kiss of a countryside gal. The pleasure is guilt free (there are no artificial flavors or sugar). It's a real taste. Nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to regret. I love this rich, ripe honey-dipped fruity taste. It's also warm and comforting in its aftertaste. And again, amazingly natural.
Left, the 2011 winter version stored in my qinghua jar.
In the middle, the 2011 winter version stored in a vacuum sealed foil.
Right, the 2013 spring version stored in a vacuum sealed foil.
The leaves stored in the porcelain jar produce a much redder color. The tea has evolved and post-oxidized faster in the jar. This results in a deeper and broader aftertaste. I have kept the leaves in this jar for only 6 months approximately.
This comparison confirms that this Concubine Oolong is also a very good candidate for aging. The roasting hasn't turned the leaves stiff, hard, but has dried them sufficiently to improve with time.