Fu Shou Shan 2014 Winter
Fu Shou Shan is a highly sought after variety of high mountain Taiwanese oolong, grown at 2,600m elevation at a Government owned farm in the Lishan mountain range. Fu Shou Shan is known for being highly variable, with different harvest days producing different tastes & quality. Tea geeks in Taiwan compare Fu Shou Shan to rolling a dice! Our 2015 Spring selection was processed by a single tea maker and is a stand out example of what can be achieved with this terroir. When placed in a hot gaiwan, the dried leaves release a strong floral aroma with molasses and ripe fruits. Add water, and you get deep fried vegetables & crème brûlée from the leaves, with a candy sweet top note from the gaiwan lid. The tea itself is smooth, creamy and pleasantly sweet, with roasted notes coming through on the 2nd and 3rd infusions. We only have a tiny quantity of this excellent tea, get in quick before it runs out.
Lao Jizi Bao Zhong
This high mountain Bao Zhong is made by Zheng Tian Fu (郑添福), one of the most famous tea makers in Taiwan. Master Zheng insists on hand processing, instead of using machines. He thinks the most important process is to "LangQin" with tenderness. He says "When you are shaking the leaf, you should treat them very gently with a peaceful mood, just like treating a baby. It's not about how much I can make from the tea, it's about how much love I can give to the tea." Normally, Baozhong comes from WenShan and NanGang Area, where the elevation is 500-700m, and the tree species is Qin Xin Da Mou. But Laojizi Baozhong comes from Nan Tou mountain, and grows at a much higher elevation of 1400-1600m. Here the tree species is Qin Xin Oolong, a more delicate cultivar. For his Laojizi, Master Zheng only picks the tea around lunch time and withers under direct sunlight. He employs a longer withering and "kill green" time than other producers. The resulting tea is clean, smooth, thick, and creamy. With a floral aroma, it is subtly melon sweet with a hint of mint.
Da Yu Ling 2014 Winter
High altitude Da Yu Ling from the 2014 Winter harvest. Just arrived from Taiwan! Exceptional aroma from the gaiwan, subtle notes of vanilla pod, buttery caramel, a light floral potpourri, with rose petals. The tea feels light yet creamy in the mouth with a sweet finish. Very delicate & refreshing!