The leaves of this dark oxidized oolong tea have been rolled into a ball-shape, similar to the famous green-style oolong teas of the Ali Shan region. When steeped, this tea produces a beautifully clear, reddish-amber infusion with a sweet aroma. There is a familiar, distinct flavor and sweetness unique to the Qing Xin tea cultivar used to produce this tea that comes through clearly in the cup along with some sweet spices (cinnamon perhaps?) and maybe just a touch of dried flowers. The infusion is full-bodied, well rounded in the mouth, and the aftertaste is remarkably sweet & spicy.
The woody, musky, &
sweet-smelling dry leaves are a mix of black and dark, coppery browns
and has a good scattering of silvery-gold buds. When infused, the leaves
produce a crystal clear, reddish amber liquor with a musky, woody &
lightly floral nose. In the cup, the infusion is brisk and full bodied
with a distinct black tea taste, very pleasant and well balanced
astringency, and a remarkably floral and sweet aftertaste with hints of
dried stonefruit (peaches/plums), raisins and maybe just a touch of
dried flower petals.
These young buds
have been painstakingly hand-picked and simply dried to create a lovely
silver needles style white tea. This minimal processing creates a finished tea with a crystal clear,
pale yellow infusion and a sweet aroma reminiscent of newly dried straw.
The liquor is light-bodied with a hay-like sweetness, mild floral notes
and a touch of summery stonefruit in the finish.
The very clear, amber liquor is classic Xiaguan with a moderately thick mouthfeel & clean flavor profile that comes across without the smokiness often associated with (some) more modern Xiaguan products. This tea has a nice, mouth-watering astringency, slight peppery flavor and a fantastically long lasting bittersweet aftertaste. Obviously clean storage conditions.