Tea Selection: JIN XUAN OOLONG TEA
Name: Eco-Cha Teas
Tea Company Comments taken from their webpage:
Co-founder Andy Kincart has lived mostly in Taiwan since 1989. In 1993, his appreciation for the locally grown tea that he had already developed led him to the home of Tony and Lisa Lin in the Dong Ding Mountain tea growing region. Since then, it has been an ongoing exploration of the world of tea, which has provided a fulfillment that is unique to this island. Tony and Lisa Lin are among Taiwan’s primary proponents of tea culture, and Andy has watched their efforts flourish over the last 20 years as a close friend and supporter.
Since 1997, Andy has been sharing this passion for tea as a private exporter of quality Oolong Tea. Now, after decades of an ever-deepening appreciation for this cultural treasure – he is endeavoring to be more progressive through his involvement with Eco-Cha.
When a company goes out of it’s way to send a presentation to you it says a lot about the company, I loved the packaging design by Ec0 Cha.
Its adorable packaging just welcomes you to their amazing Single-sourced Taiwan teas. As you read the reviews realize it’s one of the first single sourced teas I’ve reviewed and I’ve loved the experience and so will you. Take my reviews and realize Single sourced teas are incredibly vibrant and their tastes take you back to the area they are harvested, each individual and each one incredibly amazing.
Read more about Eco-Cha Teas on their website: Ec0-Cha Teas.
These are common instructions for brewing teas, however if the company suggests other brewing I will include it in the review section.
Time and Temperature Guide:
Tea Temperature Minutes
Black 95°C / 205°F 3 – 5
Oolong/White 85°C / 185°F 3 – 4
Green/Yellow 80°C / 176°F 2 – 3
Herbal/Tisanes. 100°C / 212°F 5 – 15
** As always stated by My Tea Vault, we think you should enjoy tea the way you like it, I like mine very strong with no sweetener, these are just guidelines and I suggest you use the guideline then adjust for your own tastes.
Jin Xuan Oolong Tea
COSTS: $2.00 / 20 grams
Price may vary according to the amount purchased.
From Eco Cha: This batch of tea was sourced from an artisan who has repeatedly won first prize in the Nantou County Tea Trade Association’s Jin Xuan Dong Ding Oolong Tea Competitions. He works with a co-op of farmers that share knowledge and regularly have their teas tested by Taiwanese food safely lab SGS. A prime example of sustainable methods combined with community-based expertise.
Prior to brew: There is a very subtle grassy/hay scent.
Brewed: This tea has a pale yellow liquor
Scent: Vegetal scent after brew.
Flavor: This tea will wake you up with it’s boldness on second sip, you have to give it that second sip to bring out the boldness. There is yet a soft floral honey smoothness to this tea as well with a slight bitter roasted flavor.
Sentiments: The stories behind these teas are incredible and I sure hope you take the time to read them and learn more about the areas they came from. So much goes into the flavor of each tea and more of that is created by the earth and the elements then the hands of those that prepare them.
My Tea Vault score values of 1-10 (10 being the best): “8”.
Till next sip…