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QX Oolong 2015 – 2021

Region: Taiwan
Producer: Huang Family (Jade Mountain)
Season: Spring 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021
Batch: Various
Smooth and symphonic; the QX is complex. Floral, stone fruit, sweet wood, and creamy textured. These teas will age for years. Infuses 5-7 times.
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The Garden

 

Hidden high up on Jade Mountain, in the tree covered mountains of central Taiwan, is the organic Huang family garden. This little garden produces just 1.5T of tea each year. The garden is organic and full of life.

The Tea

 

QX stands for Qing Xin (roughly pronounced ‘chin-shin’), which is the name of the varietal of tea plant used to make this tea. Qing Xin is a highly prized varietal, producing a lower yield and superior flavour. To make this tea, the pickers head out early in the morning, picking three leaves and a bud. The leaves then sit in the sun for a short time before being placed onto these trays indoors, where they sit for the rest of the day. After this, the main oxidation process takes place by tumbling the leaves, followed by heating which kills the enzyme. Once the enzyme is killed, the leaves can no longer oxidise.  The leaves are then rolled and dried a few times into small pearls (below). The tea is finished by roasting.

 

The QXs are magnificent. Taiwan’s premium varietal combined with the region’s quality season and a craft 36 hour process gives one of the most complex teas in our library.

QX 2021 Batch: A310421

 

The 2021 is young and fresh. The first infusion is sweet, floral, creamy, peachy, with hints of vanilla. The youth is apparent in the second infusion with a whole mouthful of sticky flower petal tannins and white grape skins. The infusions that follow are a melody of roasted peach and spice, hints of honey, and a creamy texture.

 

Infuse 6g per 150ml at 90°C for 1 minute. The leaves will infuse 7 times or more. After infusion 4, infuse for 1.5 mins.

 

QX 2020 Batch: 00930G1

 

Still in its youth, the 2020 is very similar to the 2021 but a little more settled, especially on the second infusion which is smoother. Think of flowers, roasted spiced peaches, and cream. The 2020 has good consistency from one infusion to the next.

 

Infuse 6g per 150ml at 90°C for 1 minute. The leaves will infuse 7 times or more. After infusion 4, infuse for 1.5 mins.

QX 2019 Batch: A3190504 (Organic)

 

The 2019 is on great form. The florals are sweeter and slightly richer in flavour. Early infusions are sweet, floral, and creamy. Later infusions are creamy with notes of peaches and apricots, aromatic wood, and sweet honeyed tobacco.

 

Infuse 6g per 150ml at 90°C for 1 minute. The leaves will infuse 7 times or more. After infusion 4, infuse for 1.5 mins.

QX 2016 Batch: A3160506

 

2016 has slightly deeper roast then the other vintages. Combined with a few years of ageing, it has a smoother character with a stone fruit and milk chocolate profile. Early infusions are peachy, floral, and milk chocolatey. Later infusions add layers of aromatic woods, with low tannins throughout.

 

Infuse 6g per 150ml at 90°C for 1 minute. The leaves will infuse 7 times or more. After infusion 4, infuse for 1.5 mins.

QX 2015 Batch: 51120G1

 

The first infusion is fruity, syrupy, and sweet, almost like apricot sweets. Next comes more fruity and sticky soft tannins. Infusion three onwards has notes of roasted, sweet, ripe stone fruit, aromatic wood, and honeyed tobacco, with a smooth texture.

 

Infuse 6g per 150ml at 90°C for 1 minute. The leaves will infuse 7 times or more. After infusion 4, infuse for 1.5 mins.

Storing and Ageing

 

Remember, like wine, every tea ages in its own way. Roasted oolongs from Taiwan can become exquisite over the years, developing spectacular depth of character. You can age the QX oolongs for 10 to 30 years. If you’re a keen tea drinker, we would really recommend buying a few jars of the QX: Drink some now and put a few away to age in a dark cool place. If you have any questions, you can always email us for advice here.

 

Specific organic details: The garden has been organic certified for many years. It was certified as EU organic then swapped to a Taiwan organic certifier for two years, and has just gone back to an EU certifier. Their certificate covers young tea, not aged tea. Therefore, just the 2019 is formally sold as organic in the UK/EU. The garden itself has been organic certified throughout.