2021 Spring Smooth Water BaozhongFloating Leaves Tea
This Smooth Water Baozhong is from the birthplace of Taiwanese Baozhong, Nangang. Around the turn of the 20th century, Baozhong was produced as a flower scented export tea to South Asia and Northern China. The Taiwan Tea Reform Institute challenged farmers to create a Baozhong with the floral scent that drinkers were looking for, but naturally without adding any scenting. The two farmers who successfully produced that flavor were both growing tea in Nangang. Now, Nangang tea farmers are very proud of their tradition of producing excellent Baozhong.
The first time he and Shiuwen met, he opened with "I bet you've never tasted real Baozhong". He's very proud of what he makes as it was passed down through his family, and he wanted to show what Nangang tea could do. Shiuwen, never wanting to lose out on an opportunity to learn, said "Oh, I must not have. I've only had Pinglin Baozhong. What's the difference, can we try some?" Of course he was excited to share his tea and his knowledge, so they whipped out some Pinglin Baozhong, his Nangang Baozhong, and some bowls. The take away was that after 20 minutes soaking in a tea bowl, this Nangang Baozhong maintained a beautifully smooth, soft texture without breaking down. So we call it Smooth Water!
Broth is a beautiful jade color, and aroma is delicately floral. As the namesake suggests, it is an extremely smooth example of Baozhong tea, ethereal mouthfeel. It's hard to nail down an order with this farmer, because he likes to enter his teas in baozhong competitions. And he wins a lot of those competitions, so he can get a MUCH higher price for the tea if he does that. Luckily, we have a good relationship so he's willing to sell us some :)
Since I've been in Taiwan, I've gone to a few random shops off the street just for fun. Turns out it's really not easy to find tea of this caliber! Made me realize how lucky we are to have the relationships we've been nurturing for these last 15 years.
- Harvest Location : Nangang, Taiwan
- Harvest Date : April, 2021
- Cultivar : Qingxin