Taiwanese Long Jing Green Tea - Spring 2015Taiwan Sourcing
Taiwan didn't have a history of making green teas, but thanks to the Chinese that came to Taiwan in 1949, Taiwanese started to process this varietal named "Qing Xin Gan Zhong" into green tea. Thus fulfilling the nostalgia of West Lake Long Jing on the island.
Long Jing, commonly known as Dragon Well, is no longer a Chinese privilege. Since 1960s, Taiwan Sanxia ( 三峽 ) began to produce this certain kind of green tea from a local specimen named Qing Xin Gan Zai ( 青心柑仔 ).Similar to the Long Jing from China, this Long Jing from Taiwan contains more body than it's brother thanks to the varietal and the technique. This kind of green tea is probably one of the most interesting green teas in the world thanks to the unique traditional techniques employed. Similarities to oolong processing makes this green tea taste like oolong in some ways, mostly apparent in the body of the tea.
Harvest: Spring 2015 / 春 貳零壹伍
Varietal: Qing Xin Gan Zhong / 青心柑種
Elevation: 300m / 參佰 公尺
Region: Sanxia / 三峽
Oxidation Level: 0% / 無
Roast Level: 0 / 無
Melon, fruit, with a sweet vegetal after-finish. Thick in the mouth and throat. Incredibly unique taste, but not to be compared with a Zhejiang Long Jing. If you love green tea, you will find this interesting!
I enjoy this tea a lot. It is very fresh and sweet as long as it isn't burned by too hot of water. I brewed it in both glass and gaiwan to experiment. Glass for the win :)
As an old dog who despise green tea for its lack of body in the past, this is an interesting green tea with a mellow body. At the very beginning it does not feel like green tea at all. The body is just thick enough to twist your traditional concept of green tea. Melon and fruity flavor make it an distinctive choice for people who loves green tea.