Thursday, December 12, 2013
Winter 2013 Shan Lin Shi 'Sparkling' Oolong
Origin: Shan Lin Shi, Long Feng Xia, Central Taiwan
New plantation. First harvest.
Elevation: 2000 meters
Harvest: November 26, 2013.
Process: rolled, lightly Oxidized Oolong. No roasting.
The dry leaves are very big. The fragrances are light and flowery with some sweet notes.
The taste is very clean, sweet and energetic. There's almost a sparkling feeling to this tea! Here, the term 'Champagne tea' would be very fitting. The tea gives a sensation of freshness and lightness, even though the mature Oolong leaves also have a very structured, deep body on the palate. The aftertaste is long and refined. All over my mouth, I feel a light sparking sensation, like very small Champagne bubbles. And like for a great sparkling white wine, the acidity is well balanced with the sweetness and prolongs into a very pure floral aftertaste.
Teadb started a similar discussion when brewing my spring 2013 Shan Lin Shi Luanze Oolong.).