Arguably one of the more aromatic of the Tieguanyin-style or low-oxidized Oolongs, Ben Shan "Source Mountain" is a classic flowery-flavor tea that cups to an aroma and fragrance and body that will satisfy! Made with a comparatively small-leaf varietal that is grown in the AnXi Region of Fujian Province (Minnan area), Ben Shan brings a number of distinctive attributes to the cup serving to make this spring Oolong a favorite for tea drinkers.
This lot offers a seasonal distinctive aromatic & floral aroma. As well, the very attractive mix of light-green leaves indicates a light oxidizing and low firing. We noted the taste really opened after the first steep and held up with multiple steeps. Harvest date 2019.
Fujian Province is historical source of Oolong tea. Grown in what is known as the Minn-nan area famous for Tieguanyin-style Oolong clones. Given this long history and broad propagation of varietals within the province and its perfect terroir, the taste of this lot is exceptional. Tea was harvested in the third week of April. It is the first pluck of Ben Shan in the season.
It cups to clear, yellow-green liquor that is silky and smooth. Aroma is fresh, stone fruit verging on peachy. Taste is soft and flowery, This tea goes well with food and is an excellent beverage served chilled. Ben Shan is an Oolong to have on hand for relaxing, at the office, and a wonderful beverage to enjoy while entertaining.
Use 3 grams of leaf for 8 ounces of water. Briefly rinse the leaves with boiling water and pour off to "awaken" the leaves. Re-infuse the leaves for 1.5 - 2 minutes. If steeping by GongFu method, use 6-8 grams of leaf and steep very briefly - 30 seconds and taste. The initial steep will release aroma, subsequent steeps will bring out the varied flavors of this mountain varietal.