Shanlin Xi High Mountain No.22 Radiant Jade Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Mango, Pear, Sweet, Wet Wood
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No.22 Radiant Jade(台茶22號)is a new cultivar created by the Taiwan Tea Research and Extension Station (TRES). It was created by crossbreeding the famous cultivars Qingxin Oolong and Jin Xuan. I must say, this is perhaps one of the best cultivars created by TRES. The first time you try this tea, you will be surprised. The florality is so intense, you will think this is a perfumed tea. That is not the case. Our Shanlin Xi No.22 Radiant Jade is a pure tea without any additives. In fact, I believe we are the only people growing this cultivar in Shanlin Xi right now.

Dry leaf aroma is like that of Qingxin Oolong: floral, woodsy, and lightly sweet. Once you rinse the leaves you can start to experience the true characteristics of this tea. Distinct notes of chrysanthemum, honey, and pear start to waft through the room. The first round of brewing produces a crystal-clear light-yellow tea soup. The aroma is very intense now. The taste is very floral, with secondary notes that are like bug bitten tea – sweet honey flavor with delightful fruitiness. The hui gan (回甘 / returning sweetness) of this oolong is intense and long lasting. The second round of brewing is even more enjoyable than the first. The floral aroma has become even more complex. It now reminds me of the magnolia flower. The bug bitten characteristics of this oolong have become stronger. The flavor is very elegant, almost like Dong Fang Mei Ren (東方美人茶), but with strong florality. The third round adds even more sweetness to this tea. The honey flavor has increased and is joined by the distinct note of lychee (荔枝).

Location: Shanlin Xi(杉林溪)

Cultivar: No.22 Radiant Jade (台茶22號)

Garden Elevation: 1350m

Season: Spring 2020

Roast Level: Unroasted

Harvest Style: Hand Picked

The tea has passed the pesticide residual inspection by SGS Company

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Got this at the same time as the Wild Garden Shan Lin Xi.

This is a backlog, though in real time, I’m thinking about brewing some up. I actually had more mixed feelings about this one.

The notes are vivid, and like most of the teas I buy, it’s of the aromatic variety. Pears, magnolia, heavy honey, chrysanthemum, wood, sticks…it’s all there. The tea is so honey note heavy and sweet that it has some similarities to red oolongs and the Dong Feng Mei Ren that the company described. It bordered on malty, kinda like buckwheat honey. Tasty, and viscous, but heavy, even for me.

I’ve personally found that I go through moods with the honeyed styled teas, especially Dong Feng Mei Ren. I have to be in the mood for woodsy. I felt like I was sucking honey on a stick in spring with this one.

With all that said, it’s very good and highly recommend it to anyone, but I personally needed to lighten up to quicker medium 20-30 sec steeps gong fu. Western was a little too heavy and gave me a little more issues. I wish I added this one to Leafhoppers package. Darn.

I’m still figuring this one out. I like it and think it’s high quality, but I’m not sure who I’d recommend it to. It is pretty steep with the price. For now, it’s an enjoyed and new experience. I currently enjoy the wild garden version a lot more, but this one is good, and I still highly recommend Wang Family Tea.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Mango, Pear, Sweet, Wet Wood

Leafhopper

LOL, I kind of wish you’d added it to my package, too! (Thanks for including their Dong Fang Mei Ren.) I was drooling over their Shan Lin Xi oolongs a while ago, but their shipping to Canada is steep, especially for a company located in Taiwan.

Daylon R Thomas

Their Shan Lin Xi is one of my top favorites right now. It’s becoming a go to morning tea before I run out of it.

Leafhopper

Maybe I’ll have to make my yearly splurge order for spring high mountain oolongs with this company. Have any Canadians ordered from them? If I remember rightly, their shipping is $20 to Canada and $8 to the U.S.

Leafhopper

Yeah, that’s what I thought. I might try contacting them to see if they can provide a lower rate by shipping from their Taiwanese warehouse, as they might be calculating the cost to ship from their U.S. store.

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