Shan Lin Xi 2022 Winter

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Cherry Blossom, Cream, Egg, Flowers, Gardenias, Grass, Kale, Lily, Macadamia, Mineral, Mung Bean, Perfume, Pineapple, Silky, Spinach, Sugar, Sweet Corn, Tannin, Butter, Citrus, Cotton Candy, Floral, Green Apple, Herbaceous, Honeysuckle, Orchid, Pine, Sweet, Vegetal
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 g 4 oz / 110 ml

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  • “Very, very good, though a touch too perfumey and ‘bitter greens’ for my taste. As with most green oolong, I’ve taken a liking to bowl brewing and prefer so over preparing in a little pot. Will...” Read full tasting note
  • “Not counting Baozhong, this is the only green oolong I picked up in my big Black Friday Floating Leaves haul. How will it compare to their good but not amazing spring 2021 Shan Lin Xi? I steeped 6...” Read full tasting note
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This tea was grown in a clean, agrochemical free tea garden and processed by extremely skilled hands. A new producer and garden for us, we’re very excited to be able to introdce one more small production High Mountain Oolong into our lineup this Winter.

Shan Lin Xi is located in the middle of Taiwan, and this particular garden is located about 1500 meters above sea level.

Description
The broth is eye catchingly beautiful, pure jade green in color and crystal clear. The first infusion offers up multi layered aroma of bright flowers, cream and citrus. The broth is very lively, with a thick creamy mouthfeel, and a stimulating mineral texture that fills the whole mouth and reaches down into the throat.

As the leaves open more and more, it becomes obvious that this is a very dynamic tea. Lots of development throughout a session; each infusion is different. Aftertaste is long lasting, mesmerising the drinker with a thick fragrant vapor.

This is an excellent tea, and I’m excited to see where it goes.

Facts
Harvest Location : Shan Lin Xi, Zhushan, Taiwan
Harvest Date : November, 2022
Cultivar : Qing Xin
Farming Method : Unsprayed
Altitude : 1500 Meters

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3 Tasting Notes

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Very, very good, though a touch too perfumey and ‘bitter greens’ for my taste. As with most green oolong, I’ve taken a liking to bowl brewing and prefer so over preparing in a little pot. Will come back with more later.

ashmanra

I need to try bowl brewing. It sounds so peaceful. Do you make really small amounts and steep briefly or use things that stand up well to grandpa style?

derk

Same as grandpa, really. I use a 300mL rice bowl and leaf about as heavy as I would if western brewing in a cup, so about 1g:100mL eyeballed.

derk

Let it sit until cool enough to drink, top with hot water as needed.

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Not counting Baozhong, this is the only green oolong I picked up in my big Black Friday Floating Leaves haul. How will it compare to their good but not amazing spring 2021 Shan Lin Xi? I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml porcelain pot using 195F water for 25, 20, 25, 30, 30, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, 180, and 240 seconds, plus some uncounted final rounds.

The aroma of the dry leaves is of orchid, sweet pea, pineapple, green apple, honeysuckle, pine, and spinach. The first steep has notes of orchid, sweet pea, sweetgrass, butter, citrus, pineapple, and green apple. The next steep is more herbaceous and vegetal, with that sweet candied pineapple I found in the first steep. Steeps three and four add minerals, pine, and honeysuckle florals, and remind me of grassy cotton candy in a good way. Sweet florals, minerals, and pineapple persist over the next few steeps. The session has a predictably vegetal and grassy ending, though the florals have lots of staying power.

I’d say this is a step up from their 2021 offering, both in terms of longevity and taste. Oolongs with pineapple notes always make me happy, and I finished this one quickly.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Cotton Candy, Floral, Grass, Green Apple, Herbaceous, Honeysuckle, Mineral, Orchid, Pine, Pineapple, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
beerandbeancurd

Oof, this sounds so good.

Leafhopper

It was! Floating Leaves tends to have good high mountain oolongs.

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