I will buy it again.
Arguably one of the more aromatic of the Tieguanyin-style oolongs. Ben Shan or "Source Mountain" is a classic fruity-floral flavor oolong that steeps to fresh, fragrant aromas and fruity flavors. Made with a comparatively smaller-leaf cultivar grown in the AnXi Region of Fujian Province.
Lot Notes. Tea is handplucked. Sampling, we noted its distinctive floral aromas. Light-green leaves reflect the low-firing process used that preserve its wonderful aromatics. We noted the taste really opened after the first steep and held up with multiple steeps. Harvest date is April 2022.
Tea Facts. Ben Shan is grown in an area known as Min Nan, in the AnXi region. Ben Shan is a semi-ball rolled leaf, few stems, and oxidized to 20-30% resulting in lighter, greener leaf appearance.
Tasting Notes. It cups to clear, yellow-green liquor that is silky and smooth. Flavors are layered with apricots & honeysuckle nectar. Added steeps will open to flavors of flowers and stonefuit. This tea pairs well with a many dishes, both savory and sweet. An excellent beverage served chilled.
Brewing Suggestions. Use 3-5 grams of leaf for 6-8 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+ grams of leaf and steep very briefly for 20-30 seconds and taste. The initial steep will release aroma, subsequent steeps will bring out the varied flavors of this mountain oolong.