Japanese oolong is marching towards a new future in the realm of Japanese tea. While producers are still in search of best practices to solidify the 'Japanese' character of slightly oxidised teas, every new batch is slightly altered for the better. Since we ran out of our 2015 batch of Koshun Oolong, I compared it to the new 2016 batch before I went on to replenish our stocks.
What? a golden tea? That was indeed my reaction when I first encountered this tea. I guessed that it was possibly a referral to the gold standard, as the price label that comes attached to the tea is quite high. But it was more! The tea leaves itself are a bright shiny golden color, and with it's narrow shaped, tightly rolled needle shaped leaves, it very well resembles the needles of a hay stack. Or better said, a beautiful head of blonde hairs shimmering in the evening sun.