Shihmen Wild "Prime Phoenix Jade" Competition Grade Bug Bitten Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea - Summer 2022Taiwan Sourcing
There is a reason why the Shihmen production from this season was released this late at the end of November in 2022. The yield was way too low for anyone to consider this a serious production, but now we decided to release it after realising that the profile is simply too magical to not share with you.
A major issue that a region like this was facing was the uncertainty of harvest labour. What we were dealing with at Shihmen this season was unprecedented. Normally, summer harvest is the best time to produce tea such as Oriental Beauty, as the plantation was bug-bitten this season, and that was very prominently shown on the sister tea of this Shihmen tea. However, the hot weather made the major task force of plucking in the region, a group of old grandmothers, not willing to perform the plucking task under the harsh sunblast in Taiwan. This forced us come up with an contingency plan, and therefore two friends from the cities were volunteering to pluck the tea leaves with Mrs. Xie.
We assumed this arrangement would at least give us some advantages to overcome the situation - two big men with an experienced grandma, so nothing could go wrong. It turned out tea plucking was not an easy task to learn instantly. Not only the yield of this Hard Twig was less than 1300 grams, its super bug-bitten sister tea "Cui Yu" was less than 600 grams.
The only "victory" we can claim from this seasons battle, can only be the quality we were able to fetch from such small production. Both teas reach a new height of what potential their varietal can become. Hard Twig reaches the deepest rhythm we could have ever achieved, and the Cui Yu was just filled with honey aroma all over the cup. We hope the existence of both tea could bring the unprecedented experience to whomever gets it into their tea cup, and may the tea be with you.
Harvest: Summer 202 / 夏 貳零貳貳
Varietal: Cui Yu / 翠玉
Elevation: 100 M / 壹佰 公尺
Region: Shihmen / 石門
Oxidation Level: 70% / 分之 柒拾
Roast Level: 1 / 壹 分
In the past couple years of tea processing, an old dog would say this tea has break all the celling we were expecting. Of all the bug-bitten material we had encountered, this tea broke the eye glass of many if there is any. It demonstrates the unknown realm of supreme tea we rarely reached. To call it "soul shaken" at the moment of writing is properly enough to an old dog's standard.