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Shan Lin Xi Oolong 1998

Region: Shan Lin Xi, Taiwan
Producer: Mr Jian
Season: Winter 1998
Batch: 04-1998W (103kg)
A special release of a remarkable, complex 21 year aged oolong.
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The Garden

 

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.

The Batch

 

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.

Tasting Notes

 

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

Storing and Ageing

 

The Shan Lin Xi 1998 has already been carefully aged for 21 years. Store it in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. It should age for another 5 to 10 years if stored well. This is a delicious addition to the tea library of any tea connoisseur.