Lightly Baked Organic High Mountain Jin Xuan Oolong Tea, Lot 589

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Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Baked Bread, Butterscotch, Caramel
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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “As much as I love green oolongs, every once in a while I need to switch things up a bit with a baked tea. Most dark oolongs are too roasty for me but light baked teas such as this one fit the bill...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Drinking this one up in my clay pot. I’m almost completely finished with my 25g sample of this tea by now, though I’ve already tried it a couple times. This tea was the first one I tried and...” Read full tasting note

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The name Jin Xuan refers to a specific tea varietal developed by the Taiwan Research and Experiment Station which is the national research centre dedicated to the improvement of the tea industry of Taiwan. You can read more about it in the tab below. Jin Xuan teas are satisfying teas to drink as they offer good amplitude in texture and taste. With mild floral notes, they have the greatest potential for sweetness with hints of exotic fruit. Teas elaborated with Jin Xuan leaves has a particularly creamy texture with a distinctive milky smoothness and sweetness. This velvety sweet character is best brought out through a controled slow baking process. This is where our Tea Master’s skill is challenged the most since the aim is to bring out the sweetness while still keeping the flowery aroma and pastoral notes. Spring teas are the preferred choice for their higher concentration in aromatic material. This Lot 589 is somewhat of a departure from our previous Lots of this style. First, the leaves come from a high mountain garden which delivers the expressiveness of this particular Lot. Also, our team was involved at all steps in the tea making process of this tea with a particular attention to the final baking stage. This is another tea that can be put under the umbrella of the Lane 503 Project. We are particularly excited at the extraordinary potential that lies ahead when 2 multi-generational tea families put their resources and talent together to re-think how tea should be grown, made and marketed in the 21st century. What is particularly exciting is the fact that it is the younger generation that is driving this project. Be in the loop! Leave us your comments below if you ever grace us by trying one of the project’s first teas.

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As much as I love green oolongs, every once in a while I need to switch things up a bit with a baked tea. Most dark oolongs are too roasty for me but light baked teas such as this one fit the bill perfectly: green with a warming personality

The first whiff of the dry leaf reminded me of cream and butterscotch. Wet leaf had a toasted nuts scent to it. It was too roasty gongfued so I steeped it western style and grandpa with good results. First steep was light bodied but very sweet with notes of honey and baked bread. Second steeping brought out toasted barley, nuts, and caramel. Starting with the third steep, the tea begins exhibiting a greener character. The baked flavor diminishes and eventually disappears by the 5th steep leaving a mellow fruity flavor behind.

Overall, this was a satisfying tea without the heavy char you typically see in dark oolongs. I enjoyed its sweet, caramelized nuts flavor but wished it had some more depth and the florals of BTTC’s light baked Alishan. Also the gradual transition from dark to green doesn’t happen as smoothly as the BTTC tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butterscotch, Caramel

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Drinking this one up in my clay pot. I’m almost completely finished with my 25g sample of this tea by now, though I’ve already tried it a couple times. This tea was the first one I tried and probably one of my favorite. It’s very mellow and buttery in flavor and smell with a generally smooth texture. It has some light floral notes, but I find it’s less sharp than some similarly “greened” oolongs. Despite that, I’d definitely draw its character most closely to other green oolongs with a creamy buttery note. It has the ever-so-slight hint of fruitness to it, which I mostly noticed when cold brewing this tea! During regular brewing, I didn’t notice this note so much, though that may be my own shortcoming.

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