Flavor:Hearty, dried fruit aroma. Rich, tangy, toasted grains flavor. Smooth, soothing finish.
Garden: This mixed batch of tea comes from Pinglin and Muzha, in Taipei. The Jin Xuan tea leaves were sourced from the producer of our Wenshan Baozhong Tea in Pinglin, in the mountains north of Taipei. The Tie Guan Yin tea leaves were harvested from this farmer’s land in Muzha – in the foothills just outside of Taipei. Both of these place names have a long history of tea production. These, along with Sanxia district in the greater Taipei area have been producing tea since the 1800’s.
This farmer manages his own small plots of Tie Guan Yin, also known as “Iron Goddess”, tea plants and processes the leaves in his home factory. This batch is approximately half Tie Guan Yin tea leaves blended with a batch of Jin Xuan Oolong that he processed in the traditional Tie Guan Yin fashion. It is now common practice to make Tie Guan Yin Oolong with Jin Xuan tea leaves. The majority of entries in the Muzha Farmers’ Association Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea Competition are made with leaves harvested from Jin Xuan tea plants and processed as Tie Guan Yin. Our source has found that blending these two tea strains offers the original Tie Guan Yin character while maximizing his yield.
Harvest: Hand picked in small batches. Winter 2018. Pinglin/Muzha, Taiwan.