1 min read
23 Apr

Dear TEAritoria Enthusiast,

I am thrilled to share with you my thoughts and experiences with the delightful Jin Xuan Tea, also affectionately known as "Milk Oolong." As a tea connoisseur, I have had the pleasure of tasting a myriad of teas from around the world, and I must say, Jin Xuan holds a special place in my heart.

Originating from Taiwan, this exceptional tea is named after the cultivar from which it is produced – the Jin Xuan cultivar (TTES #12). The unique characteristics of this cultivar, combined with the meticulous processing techniques employed by skilled tea masters, result in a tea that is truly captivating.

The dry leaves of Jin Xuan tea are tightly rolled into small, dark green spheres, reminiscent of the beautiful, verdant hills of Taiwan. As you steep the leaves, they unfurl, releasing their delicate flavors and enchanting aroma. It is a sight to behold and a prelude to the enchanting experience that awaits you.

One of the most distinguishing features of Jin Xuan tea is its smooth, creamy mouthfeel and the subtle, sweet fragrance of fresh milk that lingers on the palate. Contrary to what some may believe, this milky aroma is not the result of artificial additives or flavorings. It is, in fact, a natural attribute of the tea leaves that is accentuated by the skilled processing of the tea master. The leaves are lightly oxidized and then expertly pan-fired, resulting in a beautiful balance of flavors.

As you sip your first cup of Jin Xuan, the initial notes of sweet creaminess will give way to a gentle floral bouquet. The tea has a delightful complexity, with hints of orchid, gardenia, and osmanthus mingling harmoniously with the delicate taste of sweet cream. The flavor is light and clean, with a soft, lingering aftertaste that will leave you craving more.

To fully appreciate the nuances of Jin Xuan tea, I recommend using high-quality spring water and brewing it using the gongfu style. Use a small teapot or gaiwan and preheat it by pouring hot water inside before adding the tea leaves. Use a water temperature of around 85-90°C (185-194°F) and steep the leaves for 30-45 seconds for the first infusion. Increase the steeping time by 10-15 seconds for each subsequent infusion. The leaves can be steeped multiple times, allowing you to savor the evolving flavors of this exquisite tea.

In conclusion, Jin Xuan tea is a delightful and captivating experience for tea enthusiasts. Its smooth, creamy texture and delicate floral notes make it the perfect tea to enjoy on a leisurely afternoon or to share with friends during a special tea session. I hope you find as much pleasure in Jin Xuan tea as I have. Cheers to many delightful cups!

Warm regards,

Kaspars Ulānovs

Tea Connoisseur and Aficionado

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