Spring 2017 Organic Chingjin Gaoshan Oolong from Tillerman Tea

It is time to check out Tillerman Tea‘s 2017 Spring teas! First up, Spring 2017 Organic Chingjin Gaoshan Oolong. This tea is an unroasted Qing Xin oolong from Chinjin Mountain and grown at 1800m.

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Dry Leaf and Steeping Method

Well, this is gorgeous leaf. The oolong is emerald giant lumps of leaves with a floral buttery scent.

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I went with a fast pour tea pot and 1 gram of leaf to 15ml of vessel size. To not mess around, I started with flash steeps with boiling water.

Tasting of Tillerman Tea’s Spring 2017 Organic Chingjin Gaoshan Oolong

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First and Second Infusion: Tillerman Tea’s Spring 2017 Organic Chingjin Gaoshan Oolong is buttery and thick. The notes are crisp and sweet, like pine, fresh corn, and daisy. The aftertaste is a lingering sweet buttery fresh corn.

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Third and Fourth Infusion: The Gaoshan got more crisp and sweet. The flavor is heavy in sweet, buttered snap peas with a clean tulip aftertaste. I am impressed how clean and crisp this oolong is.

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Right away, I could feel the energy in this oolong. It has me elevated feeling and I am ready to take on the day.

Fifth and Sixth Infusion: Yet another flavor shift, what an adventure! Spring 2017 Organic Chingjin Gaoshan Oolong became more floral, tasting clearly like juicy tulips and daisies, with an aftertaste of fresh herbs. There is a slight astringency here but is still pleasant.

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Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Infusion: With each infusion, the flavor got more vegetal and herby, building on astringency until the flavor slipped and got overpowered by bitterness, as this tea just got cooked to death by my reinfusions. Despite the bitterness, the aftertaste was still very fresh until the end.

Wow, look at the size of these leaves! Awesome!

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Comments

Tillerman Tea’s Spring 2017 Organic Chingjin Gaoshan Oolong is an excellent gongfu tea to show the power of high leaf and multiple infusions. This tea goes for a ride, changing flavors fast, but staying true to tasting clean and fresh. If you love high mountain oolongs or green teas with a crisp buttery vegetable taste, you need to try this oolong.

With all the Tillerman Teas I’ve tried so far, their higher priced offerings are impressive.

(tea provided for review)

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  • Alon Agmon

    Thanks for the review!
    Say, isn’t 1g/15ml a bit too strong? this is how you usually brew gaoshan?
    How do you brew gaoshan for fun and not for review? (leaf/water ratio, brewing time etc)

    • I like around 1g/15ml. Teadb mentions as high as 1g/13ml (but as low as 1g/24ml) on their HM Compendium.

      To be honest, for fun I mostly grandpa style it. If I do gongfu, I do a touch stronger in clay tea pot, but it depends on the tea and leaf expansion explosion.