In the Wu Yi Shan oolong-producing region of Fujian Province, China, the Shui Xian cultivar is one of the most-loved and abundantly grown tea bushes for the manufacture of oolong. This cultivar is rich in taste while retaining a refreshing lightness in flavor and aroma. This fresh taste and clean finish leaves the palate refreshed and stimulated.
This particular lot of Shui Xian, which is now 7-years aged, shows neither astrigency nor tiredness due to its age, but rather a maturity and cohesiveness that is quite pleasant to drink. .
Light and fruity, with hints of oolong florals (the stone fruit aromatics), and modest vegetal, herbaceous-ness, this Shui Xian has a lingering presence that is very pleasant and with a nice mouth-feel. It has a suggestion of spring earthiness and renewal in the aroma.
Just a hint remains of the charcoal firing that this leaf had during its original manufacture. Time has tempered the firing flavor component so that now it is noticeable primarily in the aroma during the initial steepings and then dissipates completely. The medium roasting that it received has aged perfectly.
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