Our friend, who is the most successful player we know in Taiwan's tea competitions, sourced 4 batches of tea from this village to be prepared for the winter 2016 competition in the Meishan Farmers' Association. He achieved awards in the Top Place ( top 2%), Gold Medal (top 10%), and Silver Medal (top 16%) categories. This month's Eco-Cha Tea Club batch is a combination of the remainder of tea leaves that achieved Gold and Silver Medal awards in a competition of more than 1000 entries.
This combination of more oxidized leaves with a very slight roasting offers a more balanced flavor profile that transforms the fresh green quality into a sweeter, softer character that is more complex and more substantial. Instead of very a herbal aroma of an unroasted High Mountain Oolong, there is a balanced, floral/vegetal quality with a touch of fresh pastry in the finish. Overall, it is more soothing and satisfying in our experience.