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Clear Heart

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Very recently, Taiwanese producers have begun processing the oolong cultivar Qing Xin (lit. "Clear Heart") as a black tea. The result is an infusion with honey-like sweetness, syrupy body and pumpkin bread taste. Chingjing, where this lot stems from, is near Jen-Ai Town in Nantou County. At 1,700 meters above sea level, one can escape from the sweltering heat and humidity of the Taiwanese tropical summer. Fresh air and beautiful scenery make for a delightful alpine escape. Though tea yields are greatly decreased and growth occurs slower at this elevation—the plant's stunted metabolism produces wondrous taste in the cup. Picked during Nantou's hot and humid summer, the leaves are then transported to the base of the mountain to be indoor-withered, rolled and dried. The Yang family are some of our favorite producers in Nantou (Ruby 18, Wild Assam, Wild Mountain), creating naturally organic, heirloom style black tea with the expertise of generations. The tea was finished family's proprietary, four-stage ambient drying process.

Region: Chingjing, Nantou, Taiwan

Variety: Clear Heart (Qing Xin)

Elevation:  1,700 meters above sea level

Harvest Date: July 20, 2017

Producer:  Yang Family

Brewing Recommendation: 5g tea | 12oz water | 203F | 3:30 minutes