Yangmei Natural Farming "Nectar Scholar" Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea - Spring 2021Taiwan Sourcing
Like Longtan, Yangmei used to be the big area of tea production. It was so prosperous the Japanese government even established the very first tea researching institute at Taoyuan which left a lot of legacy still could be used today. Yangmei was such an important and crucial aspect of tea. Today's it is mostly known for its "Tea Research and Extension Station." Its tea however, is like Shihmen, Longtan, and many other great region in the past, a relic of that prosperity after the collapse of tea market at the end of 1970s.
We found this basically abandoned plantation again thanks to Mr. Chen's diligent effort. Yangmei's famous tea place was named "Sioucaiwo," which literally means "the place of Sioucai." The term "sioucai" (秀才) or "xiucai" as written in Wikipedia, was a degree that could be obtained when one attended the imperial examination from Qing empire. Yangmei used to have lots of resources being poured into education, and therefore it created relatively more "sioucai" than most of the villages nearby. As a result, this region got the name "the home of sioucai," and this Qing Xin Dah Pan varietal came from exactly here.
This is why we gave this tea the name "Nectar Scholar." Grown at such region with a almost nectar-like character from the Oriental Beauty style processing, this "Nectar Scholar" has not only a clean terroir, but also top-notch processing which delivers the past and present of this region beautifully.
Harvest: Spring 2021 / 春 貳零貳壹
Varietal: Qing Xin Dah Pan / 青心大冇
Elevation: 400 M / 肆佰 公尺
Region: Yangmei Sioucaiwo / 楊梅 秀才窩
Oxidation Level: 74% / 分之 柒拾肆
Roast Level: 0 / 無
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Not a typical character for OB, more deep and complex with base and heart fruity notes intermingled with vegetal flavors. Immediate in effect, gripping the frontal lobe with a charming, intelligent presence. This is a bold yet humble tea, hearty and lasting. Quite a delight for the lucky one imbibing it.
Another attempt from Mr. Chen to collect a semi-wild plantation. Basically what we mean by "naturally farming" now are just nearly "abandoned" plantation with people regularly getting of weed by hand or machine without the usage of herbicide without any fertilizer being used. We do not want to call it completely "wild" since unlike those ancient arbor trees in the deep mountain of south Taiwan, these plantation are still visited by human when weeds are overgrown. The plantation of this "Nectar Scholar" and other plantations are all like this when discovered by Mr. Chen, so they all reflect their true terroir and character very clearly without any disruption.