Pinglin Natural Farming "Damselfly" Baozhong Oolong Tea - Spring 2020Taiwan Sourcing
Yet another Baozhong that is made from Qing Xin Oolong varietal. If you are appalled by the price of the wild Qing Xin "Pangolin" we made from this season, this "Damselfly" will be an affordable yet tasty alternative for that.
Baozhong, one of the oldest tea types in Taiwan, is probably the most unique tea type in the world. The reason for it being named "Baozhong" (包種) is interesting. Some say it is called "Baozhong" (包種) because of a typo from "Se Zhong" (色種), which means a special varietal that is different from the traditional varietal from Wu Yi (武夷), and people miswrote the two words.
Another more convincing, and well known in Japanese document, recorded that the name Baozhong was derived from the way in which tea merchants at that time packed their tea products with folding paper, because "Baozhong" in Han character literally "the type of tea that was packed." Furthermore, this is again, one of the most crucial points for Baozhong being classified as "Baozhong" in 19th century, is that it was a scented oolong tea with flowers such as osmanthus. Eventually, the old Baozhong evoluted to the modern Baozhong we are more familiar with today after the innovative process invented by tea masters in the 1910s, which made the new type of Baozhong no longer required to be scented with flower to carry a floral aroma.
However, despite them being very similar, the 21st century Baozhong and 20th century Baozhong, are two totally different tea types now after the rising of high mountain oolong, and therefore making the 21st century Baozhong very "green tea like." This Baozhong follows the tradition of proper processing by using one of the most popular varietals in Taiwan, and Qing Xin Oolong varietal has proven its value for creating complex and appealing taste.
If you are wondering why was it named "Damselfly," that was because we had a Qing Xin that was made by Mr. Feng as well in the winter of 2018 called "Dragonfly." However, this two teas has two totally different characters due to the minor change in processing. So despite using the material from the same plantation, these two teas have two different taste. The "Damselfly" of this spring will have a chocolate and refreshing note. It is the lightest tea you will find in our collection of spring 2020, but definitely pleasant enough to treat the host and guests.
Harvest Season: Spring 2020 / 春 貳零貳零
Varietal: Qing Xin Oolong / 青心烏龍
Elevation: 400 M / 肆佰 公尺
Region: Pinglin / 坪林
Fermentation Level: 15% / 分之 拾伍
Roast Level: 1 / 壹 分
Beautiful looking leaf shades of medium and dark forest green. Aromaticly fresh in the bag and begging to be brewed.
First steep was short and it's vapors bloomed in the tea room- fruits and flowers in the air. Tasted really clear and clean, buttery and still green. Second steep was rich with more buttery-ness and qingxin character emerges, some green apple and pear, mixed with floral overtones. I drank a few more steeps and really loved the first three. It was actually okay on an empty stomach in the morning for me too. I've noticed most of the tea Taiwan Sourcing is making I actually love on an empty stomach. Definitely can't do that with almost every other tea