Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Teavivre Superfine Taiwan Qing Xiang Dong Ding

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: gold

This high mountain Taiwanese oolong was mellow and sweet with a strong floral aroma. Citrus and vegetal notes in the mid-palate kept it light and refreshing. Although unroasted, it was not nearly as green as I was expecting. I did about six consecutive infusions and probably could have squeezed out a few more. The leaves unfurled to be quite large and they were fun to play with as I am often prone to do. The picking standard was very consistent as they were almost all groupings of one bud and two or three leaves. As always, I love the amount of information that +TeaVivre provides about their tea. They list everything from where it is grown and how it is processed to detailed profiles of the tea farmer. Seeing a picture of +Angel Chen with the farmer only builds on that element of trust.

Qing Xiang Dong Ding sample provided by Teavivre.