Nanpu Natural Farming "Topaz of the South" Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea - Spring 2021Taiwan Sourcing
After the success of "Crimson of the South," we knew that this very small and abandoned plantation was a very unique place to work with. The lack of production from Tianhu area forced Mr. Chen, a good and resilient friend of us, had to call his workers to this plantation at Nanpu Community, an area that locates inside Beipu area to get more material from a single day of labor.
Like plantation at Tianhu, this land was abandoned by its owner for decades now. The owner was simply too old to do anything with this land, so it was lent to Mr. Chen for better use. Mr. Chen reserved the surviving tea trees of this land, and did not realize how special the varietal is until we consulted our other good friend Mr. Hsu, who had plenty of experience with varietal in Emei and Beipu areas. According to him, this is an already extinct varietal called "Red Heart Dah Pan" (紅心大冇) since it looks like its Qing Xin Dah Pan cousin, but taste quite differently.
This varietal was widely used as the maternal lineage for the new breed of TTES as black tea component. Due to unknown reason, it eventually disappeared from the market for decades, so when we realized it is the "Red Heart," we could not describe our surprise. Compared to Qing Xin Dah Pan, Hong Xin Dah Pan has a more feminine character, so it will have a more stimulating profile than Qing Xin varietal. Like "Huang Gan" and "Huan Xin," this is another legendary varietal we discovered in its original place. Sadly, those two varietals were eventually destroyed for other development.
Due to another super low harvesting quantity, we were able to pay full attention to every detail of the tea, and therefore brought back the most authentic Emei or Beipu experience available.
Harvest: Spring 2021 / 春 貳零貳壹
Varietal: Hong Xin Dah Pan / 紅心大冇
Elevation: 300 M / 參佰 公尺
Region: Beipu / 北埔
Fermentation Level: 74% / 分之 柒拾肆
Roast Level: 1 / 壹
Waiting for it!
Rich and deep perfume on the nose, scent of aged oolongs, grains and leaves one curious. Taste is similar to older dry stored oolongs, deep and slight fruity grainy rich body. Lasting character, woody and sweet, beguiling. It gets deeper and deeper with brewing, something lost and found, lingering in mood.
As an old dog is typing this word, he became melancholic. All these abandoned varietal were unique to their own traits. Most of them have the flavor and rhythm no other varietals may recreate. Seeing the reborn of this varietal in our collection was both touching and sad. An old dog does not need to describe the exact taste and flavor to let you know how precious this tea is to us as a Taiwanese. Sometimes tea like this shall be preserved rather than consumed.