Kanjiao Natural Farming Cui Yu "Jade Dew" Bug Bitten Oolong Tea - Winter 2020Taiwan Sourcing
With success of "Twilight Jade" and "Night Jade" this Cui Yu plantation proved to be a phenomenal place for tea growing. This winter's Cui Yu is quite unusual because of the strong bug bitten-ness "everywhere" in Taiwan, neither was this Cui Yu spared from heavy leafhopper biting, creating an unprecedented character for this material we are familiar with.
One crucial concern when processing a bug bitten tea is to tame the harshness of the bug bitten flavor. Although you get a mesmerizing aroma from the material, the tea needs to be treated properly to smooth over any unwanted flavors from the chemical reaction of the bug bite. Like many other teas we worked on this season, this "Jade Dew" was not an easy tea to work with, but we made sure our efforts and passion were synchronized properly with the tea's needs.
If you haven't tried a Cui Yu varietal in the past, this would not be a proper tea for you since it is much sweeter than what is typical of a Cui Yu varietal. We would recommend trying "Aura Jade" or "Twilight Jade" for a proper introduction before indulging in this wonder.
Harvest: 2020 Winter / 貳零貳零 冬
Varietal: Cui Yu / 翠玉
Elevation: 350 M / 參佰伍拾 公尺
Region: Kanjiao Village / 崁腳村
Fermentation Level: 35% / 分之 參拾伍
Roast Level: 2 / 貳 分
Waiting water for boiling......
Quite surprisingly sweet yet smooth and round on the palate with candy, almost gum like finish. What a fun tea to drink. It’s very settling and not a peppy kind of experience. Just satisfyingly cleanly richly flavored. With a good longer steeping you get a lot of body and almost edginess that proves smooth.
Ever tried a Cui Yu this crazy sweet? Certainly not an old dog's experience until this tea was finished and savoured. You will notice a completely new world inside this tea like an old dog did. To reach maximum effect please allow the tea to age without vacuum condition so one may observe its beautiful transformation.