This is my third tea from Eco-Cha that I am very honored to review here on Tea Reviews with Shinzo. Andy expressed about how surprised he was about this tea, especially for it’s unique mouthfeel and character. Let’s dive straight in and analyze this tea!
Basic info about this special tea:
Jin Xuan Oolong Varietal
2017 Winter Tea
From Songbolin, Taiwan
400 m above sea level.
Temperature ( 90 degrees celsius)
Brewing Vessel (150 ml Jingdezhen gaiwan)
Grams of Leaves ( 6 grams)
Steeping Time ( less than 15 seconds per infusion, and every infusions increasing the time by 20 seconds after the second brew)
Number of Total Steepings: Over 5 strong infusions.
Aroma of Dry Leaves: Veggies, green pepper. Floral spiciness, with a splash of fresh milk
Aroma of Wet Leaves: Fresh artichoke, somewhat savory
Taste Profile: See Below
Texture Profile: Super sweet and delicate, if you push the tea enough, it will become very thick and creamy.
Price: 29 dollars/75 grams
Rating 6.8 out of 10.
1st infusion; Light, but clean. Extremely easy to drink, and tastes full. The aroma is most present in this infusion. Notes of green beans, fresh avocado and some pistachios. Very soothing. Light, creamy and very soft.
2nd infusion: Wow. The mouthfeel changed completely. While the fragrance seemed to buzz off a bit, the mouthfeel is super thick and rich. The savory character is also very nice, creating more of a brothy feeling than a tea feeling. A little sea foody, but not sticky or anything. It’s just got some strength and richness.
3rd infusion: This infusion was also very unique, as the bitterness started to welcome me and reminded me of how much strength these leaves have. Notes of very green veggies, like spinach or kale were also prevalent. The bitterness adds more complexity and enjoyment to the experience. I very much enjoy the freshness but also how much strength and power this tea reveals in every infusion.
4th infusion: Similar in the sense that the tea has a lot of strength, but the fragrance is really starting to fall off the cliff. But, in return, the sweetness has become even better and is really nice.
5th infusion: The tea becomes fairly basic, and the freshness of the tea starts to become dull. Notes of stewed vegetables, broccoli and the taste becomes slightly sour. It’s not that it’s become bad or anything, but just not my style.
It’s a very interesting tea, because of its nature of being so green and fresh yet having so much to give. It reminds me more of a Japanese sencha than of a Taiwanese oolong. I feel this tea works great especially in the mornings, as it’s slightly milder than a green tea but still greatly resembles one. Nothing crazy, but a nice tea to begin the day with. I would suggest people to experiment, and see what you like the best. If you want to extract more of the aroma, perhaps decrease the temperature and brew for slightly longer. On the other hand, if you want more of the mouthfeel, you can brew it with hotter water and fairly quick steepings. You cannot really over-brew it, which is really nice for people that wishes to brew more care-free.