Manjhou Natural Farming "Frost Harbor" Oolong Tea

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Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Berry, Bitter, Brown Sugar, Celery, Cinnamon, Cream, Elderflower, Flowers, Grass, Hazelnut, Plum, Sweet, Vegetal, Wood
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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  • “As with many Taiwan Sourcing oolongs, this one doesn’t have enough going for it for me to be able to recommend it. With their tea, I find myself feeling that the storytelling is more interesting...” Read full tasting note
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Produced in the January of 2021 and very much like “Frosty Serpent” and “Frosty Mist,” this season’s harbor tea could be consider a “winter rhythm” piece due to the season it was harvested. This climate and the plantation at Mnjhou has strong vitality that allows the tea trees to grow exuberantly, so it is not surprising to have a winter piece material.

The term “winter piece” we are referring here actually is a Taiwanese term called “Dong Pian Tsai” (冬片仔) in Mandarin, which pronounce like “Tang Phinn A” in Taiwanese. This character “Phinn” in Taiwanese is an elegant way to describe something that is scattered and “not many.” So the whole term could literally means “A thing that is winter related and small quantity.” If Taiwanese is your thing, you may check this channel “Aiong Taigi” run by Aiong, now back to this harbor tea!

So this is a “winter piece” tea. In tradition when the usage of artificial matters were not as prevalent as today, it is quite impossible to have tea sprouted in super cold weather. If do, it would be a miracle, thus for the unique term “winter piece.” Even though Manjhou Township is at the bottom of Taiwan, it could still get very cold thanks to the Pacific Ocean and Bashi channel, that is why you are still able to get a bit of “winter piece” character from this “tropical material.”

Mr. Zhu at this point has grown two years older and is getting a bit reluctant to see us processing his tea. Not because he does not like us, but the way we process our tea was just too much trouble for him, He was suggesting us to buy material directly from him to save all the trouble, and we are still working on how that might work in the future. For now, we feel fortunate and blessed that this tea was produced the third time. “Frost Harbor” will be a whole new experience of harbor tea, and an old dog will explain why beneath!

Harvest: Winter 2020 (1/10/2021) / 冬 貳零貳零

Varietal: Wild Seedling / 實生雜交

Elevation: 80 M / 捌拾 公尺

Region: Manjhou Township / 滿洲鄉

Fermentation Level: 45 % / 分之 肆拾伍

Roast Level: 2 / 貳

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As with many Taiwan Sourcing oolongs, this one doesn’t have enough going for it for me to be able to recommend it. With their tea, I find myself feeling that the storytelling is more interesting than the “experience in the cup” more often than not.

Dry leaves present a sweet creamy aroma with hints of brown sugar, cinnamon, root vegetables. During the session, it’s rather a mix of gooseberry, black locust flowers, and a grassy meadow. I also detected scents of celery and fermented fruits to some extent.

The taste has an unusual amount of woody bitterness which I find is not very well integrated. It also reminds me of hazelnut skins a little. Otherwise I get a decent plum sweetness and a vegetal finish which is a bit like fenugreek leaves. A residual lemon flavour shows up in the aftertaste too. The disintegrated nature of the liquor is underscored by its thick, cooling and a little rough mouthfeel.

Flavors: Berry, Bitter, Brown Sugar, Celery, Cinnamon, Cream, Elderflower, Flowers, Grass, Hazelnut, Plum, Sweet, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I’ve found that with Taiwan Sourcing too. Their high end stuff is really good, but it’s usually overpriced compared to what I can get elsewhere for cheaper.

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