Shihmen Wild "Ruby Stone" Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea - Winter 2021Taiwan Sourcing
The lack of rain drop from autumn and sudden dropping of temperature in winter made the yield of this precious plantation catastrophically low this winter. It was very difficult for us to believe the harvest was way lower than our expectation when the material arrived our collaborating factory in Beipu. And for that reason, this season's Shihmen material had to be made into an Oriental Beauty style oolong instead of the ball-shaped oolong we were used to.
Normally known as "Shihmen Tie Guan Yin," Shihmen's tea production were famous for its heavily roasted Tie Guan Yin style oolong thanks to the varietal it was grown. However, Shihmen's varietal was not the "Red Heart Twisted Tail Peach"(紅心歪尾桃) we usually know about. Their varietal "Hard Twig Red Heart" is completely different from it as it became nearly extinct from the mainstream market. This factor became the main pillar that made Shihmen's tea heritage so unique, not even to mention its distinguishing terroir.
As a result, we realized it may be the first time material from this area was being made into a Oriental Beauty oolong. This was an attempt probably no one ever did before. And as we succesfully completely the tea, we realized we must came up with another harvest for this trip to make it economically feasible. "Red Rock" was the tea of that plan, but we will leave the story to its own page.
Quantity of this production is extremely low, and therefore the price would not be too friendly. The adventure of re-constructing this living fossil is always challenging but truly meaningful to our work
Harvest: Winter 2021 / 冬 貳零貳壹
Varietal: Hard Twig Red Heart / 硬枝紅心
Elevation: 100 M / 壹佰 公尺
Region: Shihmen / 石門
Oxidation Level: 70% / 分之 柒拾
Roast Level: 1 / 壹 分