AliShan is a mountainous region that has been gaining a lot of attention in Taiwan the last few decades as a land that consistently produces quality oolong. Finding the perfect spot to plant tea is an endeavor: the elevation, exposure to sunlight, yearly average weather patterns, the condition of the soil, and a dozen other intangible factors all affect the garden's potential to yield exceptional leaf. Take a sip of this tea and we think you will agree that AliShan has that special quality.
Some gardens choose high yield tea cultivars to maximize harvests on the limited arable land area, but we've decided to aim higher and set down QingXing plants; these are prized among drinkers for their bold and nuanced flavor, and notorious among growers as a fickle leaf that is slow to mature and vulnerable to the elements.
The Spring 2018 harvest of AliShan is sharp with the notes being nasal, high in the mouth. The floral flavors we detected were mostly jasmine, along with flashes of something herbal, like a rosemary or mint. The powerful floral notes might make it a challenge to uncover the subtle complexity of this green oolong, we suggest savoring it without an accompanying meal or snack! The liquor is light and airy like a classic spring high mountain oolong.
Prepare 3 grams of tea leaf (slightly less than a teaspoon) per 100ml of water(about half a cup).
For the first two steeps, 90°c water for no longer than 60 seconds will provide plenty of flavor. From the third steep onward it is fine to add up to thirty additional seconds per steep. This should provide between four and six re-steeps depending on the quality of the tea. For larger vessels (teapots of over 500ml) re-steep potential is usually lower.
Take a second to inhale the fragrance exuding from the leaves as you pour in hot water. It smells green and energetic, like springtime sh...$37.50 $28.00
Take a second to inhale the fragrance exuding from the leaves as you pour in hot water. It smells green and energetic, like springtime should. The brewed tea is elegant and understated. The initial taste on the tip of the tongue is lightly floral and minty. A few seconds later...
This set includes two ounces of LiShan Winter, 2018 and two ounces of Mountain Oolong Winter, 2018. Packaged in a gift box and organza b...$25.00
This set includes two ounces of LiShan Winter, 2018 and two ounces of Mountain Oolong Winter, 2018. Packaged in a gift box and organza bag. Ready to drop under the tree!
For this tea, we set aside a prime piece of land in the mountains of Taiwan, at 1,600 meters above sea level. No sprays or pesticides an...from $10.00
For this tea, we set aside a prime piece of land in the mountains of Taiwan, at 1,600 meters above sea level. No sprays or pesticides and no chemical fertilizers were used on or around the garden, to return the land to its natural state. Because of the old fashioned...