The Qing Xin (Green Heart｜青心) cultivar is wielded masterfully in the hands of Farmer Chen. Farmer Chen for many years participated in the tea competitions and after winning many competitions, he graduated to becoming a final judge of the competition itself. The Qing Xin cultivar is a classic amongst high mountain teas, due to its delicate florality. In Farmer Chen’s hands the cultivar interweaves seamlessly with the harvest and the terroir.
This 2021 Spring harvest has the crispness of High Mountain air with notes of tropical fruits found in the Alishan Mountain range. Spring harvests tend to have higher notes, and they appear both in aroma and in the lingering sweetness of this wonderful Qing Xin.
What makes Qing Xin special, is also what makes it difficult to learn. It’s a delicate cultivar which may not appear most forward, but adjust your brewing time and sit with the results – let the liquor linger and pay attention to the returning notes from the back of throat and sides of the mouth. If you would like more forward sweetness lower the temperature to the 85-90C range and do longer brew. If you’re looking for more movement in the mouth and body, then increase the temperature to 95-100C to taste.