IFTA Global Tea Tasters Club – Winter Jin Syuan

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: tightly rolled, deep green
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale greenish gold

The International Tea Farms Alliance was very generous and sent me a sample pack from their Global Tea Tasters Club. I loved that they included information about each tea and the farms where they are produced. The first tea that I tried was this high altitude Alishan oolong from the Dignitea Farm. I was blown away by the quality of this tea. I haven’t had an oolong that was quite this good in a long time. It was incredibly delicate but savory at the same time. It was buttery, floral and sweet with a slight vegetal note that reminded me of cucumber. I really enjoyed how slowly the leaves and the flavors unfurled. Each of my three infusions were subtly different and it definitely could have kept going for a quite a few more. I cannot wait to try the other two teas they sent.

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