Deep Forest "Secret Woods" Wild Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea - Spring 2019Taiwan Sourcing
This tea should have been classified into our rare & vintage tea collection, and we had this tea back in the winter of 2017. After that 2017 version we never got any new season of this tea, because every batch was not qualified enough. Since our tea farmer refuses to let us process the tea ourselves (and we cannot even know its exact location), all we can do for this tea is to instruct the farmer and wait for that miracle to happen again.
As mentioned, this is of course not the first "Secret Woods" we have tried, there were still multiple version of it. Sometimes they harvested this tea in the beginning of the year, sometimes they harvested in the very end of the year. In short, there isn't any the common known "harvested season" for this tea, because this is a genuine Taiwanese wild tea that locates in the very deep mountain of the middle of Taiwan. We have no clue where it is from, nor can we be very specific about its elevation, because the maker would not reveal any of that information. All we know is that, the tea material has to be harvested by the indigenous residents in that area since the tea trees are quite tall, tall enough that one must climb the tree to pluck the leaf.
This tea carries a powerfully "mesmerizing" effect to the drinker. We wish we can know more about the origin of this tea rather than being hidden in the dark, but for now the only way to understand it is to drink some of it, and try very hard to unveil its secret.
Additional note: after 2 years of aging the 2017 winter version of "Secret Woods" is even more tasty now with a even stronger GABA effect. We cannot wait to see how this one can age into.
Harvest: Spring 2019 / 春 貳零壹玖
Varietal: Wild Tea / 野生山茶
Elevation: Approximate 2100 M / 約莫 貳仟壹佰 公尺
Region: Unknown / 未知
Fermentation Level: 70% / 分之 柒拾
Roast Level: 0 / 無
From the moment the water hits the leaves this tea is a magical delight. Oriental Beauty normally a medium elevation tea has been transformed (in this high altitude wild version ) into something incredibly unique, full-bodied, and just plain wonderful!
"Secret Woods" is probably one of the rarest oolongs you can find so far, and by rare an old dog means not just where it came from. but especially for how it tastes and feels like. If you are not familiar with the concept of "organic tea" or "wild tea" and is really eager to experience why people are so fascinated by it, this "Secret Woods" is a shortcut to learn it. An old dog thinks it will be a waste of time to describe how tasty and magical this tea is, because by doing so will miss the point of this tea completely. Drinking this tea is in some sense like drinking alcohol - it elevates you softly and lay you down with care. An old dog will cherish this tea forever.