Saturday, 19 October 2013
2013 Spring Handmade Imperial High Mountain Wild-growing Longjing
Next from my Chinese tea shipment from JK Tea Shop is a high-grade longjing with a neat backstory. The leaves come from a tea field on a mountain in Chunan county in Zhejiang that has been abandonned for 30 years. There is no trimming or pruning on the bush, which is over 100 years old, and is is only picked once a year - this year on April 8, 2013.
The leaves a full, fat, and flat, and an olive green colour. The aroma in the bag is rich and full, some roasted notes, some fresh green grass, something dark and vegetal, and maybe an edge of graham crackers and almost even chocolate.
The liquor is a pale, delicate green with an aroma warm summer grass, peaches, jasmine and a sun-filled used book store.
The flavour is delicate, with a grassy taste with notes of sushi rice, peaches and arrowroot, with a juicy aftertaste, with only the slightest edge of astringency and a lightly roasted touch. It's a very light flavour, not as bold or roasted as some other longjings I've tried. The scent was definitely a lot stronger than the taste.
2013 Spring Handmade Imperial High Mountain Wild-growing Longjing at JK Tea Shop