Qing Xin Gan Zi 青心柑仔 is a high quality early spring
green tea from Taiwan. Made from the Qing Xin 青心, or
Green Heart cultivar that is normally reserved for oolong teas, it has a
brilliantly floral profile. It is somewhere between a light green tea and a
light, minimally oxidised floral oolong! Qing Xin Gan Zi is grown around
Mingjian Township of Nantou County and was hand picked from the fine early
spring leaves in the middle of March.
The Qing Xin Gan Zi name actually refers to the varietal used for this green tea. This is a sub-varietal of the widespread and popular Qing Xin cultivar known for a particularly floral character. The Gan Zi sub-varietal is extensively used for high grade Oriental Beauty teas due to large amount of buds that these plants tend to produce. This results in finer and more characterful profiles and translates extremely well to this fine, particularly floral, Taiwanese green tea.While Qing Xin cultivars are a popular choice for fine floral teas from Taiwan, these plants are not as popular with the farmers. It is generally thought that this particular cultivar naturally evolved and developed over time from ancestor plants from Fujian. Unlike the many scientifically selected and developed cultivars from Taiwan that are hardier, more resistant and featuring increased output, the Qing Xin cultivar does not have such characteristics. As such the farmers are unable to produce as much tea from these plants, leading to higher prices. However the unique character of this cultivar makes the challenge all the more worthwhile for the farmers.
This Qing Xin Gan Zi has a very bright and clear liquor with a yellow-green light colour. This tea features a floral character with smooth and comforting notes that are lightly vegetal. The taste starts on a fruity note, followed by stronger floral middle notes and finishes on a slightly sweet yet drying aftertaste.
- Nantau, Mingjian
- Chin Xin Gan Zhi
- 400 MAMSL
- loose tea
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