Shan Lin Xi Oolong 1998
Located in Nantou county, Shan Lin Xi is known as one of Taiwan’s premier tea growing areas. The high elevation of around 6,000ft is excellent for producing complex high mountain oolongs.
While I was visiting the tea gardens in Taiwan, teas were being selected for entry into the aged tea competition. I joined in the selection, and this batch was astonishing; so I bought some for our collection! The leaves were picked in Winter 1998, from the very desirable Qin Xin tea varietal, which is known for its complexity. It’s been aged in clay since 1998, roasted every 4 years, and packaged in winter 2019. In the image you can see teas being aged in clay.
In the picture you can see the tea selection for the competition. Each infusion of this tea has exquisite complexity, length, and balance. Over the years, this tea has developed notes of cocoa, walnuts, leather, and tobacco. You can infuse the leaves 10 times. If you have never tried aged oolongs before, this will change your perceptions of tea forever.
6g:150ml, 90C, 1 min