Made with the classic Qin Xin(Green Heart) cultivar, this Baozhong is full of the classic floral light sweetness that Baozhongs are famous for. Brewed carefully and slowly this tea will reward you with milky flowers, but treated with a heavy hand it might get a little bitter. A classic example of what happens when a tea is too wet during the kill green phase, the bitterness and astringency of this tea is a little more than we like to have. (see below) At this price point, however, it is still a great deal!
##Spring 2019 was a terrible year for tea production in the Baozhong growing area just outside Taipei. A warm winter, cold spring and rainy harvest season meant that most producers were down two thirds in production from the year before. This tea from a partner farm is a tea that is the product of this kind of season. Great for the price, but the weather wasn't great for the processing and so there is a little more bitterness and astringency than we are used to. This is because the leaves had too much moisture in them during the kill green phase. We acquired this tea in an effort to support our partner farm as they are in a tough year. Although not the best baozhong we have ever stocked, it will be very hard to find a similar Baozhong this year that beats this price!##
Cultivar: Qin Xin
Season: Spring 2019
Method: Hand picked, processed on site, very small batch
Region: Nangang, New Taipei City
Recommend Brewing Style:
Gong Fu Style: 3-5g per 100ml, ~90C water, 20, 30, 40 then add 5-10 seconds steeps in gaiwan. Lasts 4-5 steeps.
Western Style: 3g per 100ml, ~90c water for 1.5 minutes. Lasts 3-4 steeps