Longtan Egret 17 Competition Grade Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea - Summer 2021Taiwan Sourcing
Longtan District in Taoyuan, like many other places in Taoyuan, used to be one of the most important tea production area since the rule of Japanese Empire. Most of the tea grown here were used for black tea exportation. The tea culture and industry was more or less preserved, so you are still able to find tea plantation around, however the production work were mostly sent to places like Emei. Mr. Hsu's family bought the material of this Egret 17 from Longtan, then processed it with their knowledge.
Egret has it's name known as TTES 17 and known for its pear like character and were mostly made into black teas. When a tea is suitable for black tea processing, it is definitely a perfect varietal for Oriental Beauty as well. We again picked this batch of #17 among the tea masses they produced from this summer before they blended all the different batches together. Due to the pandemic, this season's tea cost was a bit higher than last year since no sufficient labor was able to join the plucking effort,
Besides this rare and delicious Egret OB, another OB being made by Mr. Hsu was created from a varietal that could be considered as living fossil now. Stay tuned as other summer teas are approaching our shelf!
Harvest: Summer 2021 / 夏 貳零貳壹
Varietal: Bailu #17 / 白鷺 拾柒號
Elevation: 300 M / 參佰 公尺
Region: Taoyuan Longtan / 桃園 龍潭
Fermentation Level: 75% / 分之 柒拾伍
Roast Level: 0 / 無
A delicacy to brew! Lots of sweet almost candy-like fruity flavors with a soft touch and plump feel. Stronger brews prove full and complex, layers on the palate of spice and perfume scent - really a nice treat for one's self or a little before lunch treat with friends.