What Cha Tea Zhangping Shui Xian is coming from Fujian, China and harvested in May 2017. It’s sourced from Dong Fang Tea Factory which focuses on lightly roasted cake oolongs.
Dry tea leaves are compressed into small squarish cakes.Each cake can be used for one tea session or you can use it for two separate sessions. Leaves are quite colorful including light/dark green leaves alongside with dark brown leaves. The smell is quite floral.
I brewed it Gongfu style using my shiboridashi. Since What Cha Tea Zhangping Shui Xian was compressed too tightly I rinsed the tea leaves twice to get them ready for the first infusion. The fists brew cupped out golden yellow liquor with great clarity.
The taste is very floral and fruity. Since it’s lightly roasted it’s quite light on the palate. There is a nice, well-balanced sweetness with no astringency at all. The second infusion was much better since it cupped out richer and stronger liquor. Fruity tones, basically peach and apricot, were more dominant at this stage. It’s a bit reminded me of Oriental Beauty oolongs from Taiwan. The way it goes down my throat was refreshing and energizing. I loved the aftertaste which was quite persistent and pleasant.
The third and fourth infusions were quite similar to each other. Compared to the second one, both were lighter in taste and color. With the fifth infusion, it got a bit watery. I did not go on further since I like my tea on the stronger side. But if you do not mind the watery taste you might go for a few more infusions.