Miaoli Certified Organic Huang Xin Oolong Oriental Beauty Oolong TeaTaiwan Sourcing
After years of hunting, we hae finally solved one of the biggest mysteries of our long tea journey. The "Huang Xin mystery" from 2018 finally has a satisfying answer, and this plantation is that answer.
Back in 2018, we were not able to determine if this commonly called "Huang Xin" (黃心) varietal is technically a "Huang Xin Dah Pan" or "Huang Xin Oolong," “Dah Pan” and “Oolong” being larger varietal categories. All we knew was that the varietal was called "Huang Xin," and nothing more. We finally found a plantation that grows this particular varietal in the summer of 2023. After research, including studying official photo records from TRES, we solved this mystery that had been haunting us for 5 years. This varietal is officially recorded as "Huang Xin Oolong," but it is often simply called "Huang Xin" by the local tea farmers. As time went by, the official name was eventually forgotten by the locals, thus leading to much confusion..
Huang Xin Oolong was once the most commonly grown varietal before the collapse of Taiwanese tea exportation for the production of black tea. As the market demand shifted towards highly aromatic and stimulating teas, people gradually forgot the charm of a deep and profound tea body found in ancient varietals such as this. Thus this plantation is truly a living fossil still leaving a trace of that glorious past.
We noticed an unusual character during the processing of this varietal which no other varietal has ever demonstrated. It has a distinctive "stimulating element" even during the withering stage, kind of like a spice. Moreover, the varietal’s refusal to wither suggests why most farmers decided to let go of it - it is more than stubborn to work with. Interestingly, it is a varietal with a fermentation mechanism that is relatively easy to activate, making the processing experience for this varietal both bitter and sweet.
Like many of the ancient varietals we are trying to discover and retain, this Huang Xin Oolong is an endangered varietal in today's aroma-oriented environment. We hope it will deliver the nostalgic feeling of the good old "rhythm" for tea lovers who are seeking the charm from Taiwan's ancient past and its bright future. You are sure to enjoy the thick body that no other teas could offerl.
Harvest: See Options / 見選項
Varietal: Yellow Heart Oolong / 黃心烏龍
Elevation: 300 M / 參佰 公尺
Region: Miaoli / 苗栗
Fermentation Level: 75% / 分之 柒拾伍
Roast Level: See Options / 見選項