Lishan Soft Stem

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Grass, Green, Jasmine, Spinach, Tea, Wood
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Another high mountain field in Lishin, Cuiluan, the big Lishan area. Out of so many remarkable tea gardens in the region, this field first caught our attention by its obsessive neatness.
Water shortages hit many tea fields this year. This was one of the victims. Nevertheless, the draught did not suppress nor scare off the farmers. Instead of looking for help and subsidies from the government, they evaluated the situation, rectified protocols by sacrificing some bushes, re-distributing water resources and excessive fertilizers, along with many more attentive cares. With such limited water to grow, the day of harvest came a lot later than usual. But the hard works paid off; surprisingly, the quality this year surpasses all previous years. It is truly a resilient tea.
Jasmine floral blossom with wooden essence
Cultivar: Soft Stem Oolong
Region: Lishan
Elevation: 1200 meters
Oxidation: Light
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6g | 150ml | 201F | 1 min

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The story of this tea is pretty awesome-it’s a miracle out of a delayed season due to the weird global weather, and it’s one of the cheaper offerings in larger quantities.

Unfortunately, I’m going to be more brutal than usual in this review. Trying it out, I was not impressed. Their notes are jasmine and wood essence, which is not a good sign. I also need to keep in mind this is a soft stem tea, and not a Qin Xin. I followed their instructions and personally got a mediocre tea that was flat. I got some jasmine qualities, but it mostly tasted like spinach and wood. I tried lightening up the grammage and steep time, and that gave me a little bit more jasmine, but the tea was still bland.

I feel bad for being this critical. This company does have better teas though.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Jasmine, Spinach, Tea, Wood

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