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 small batch AliShan from Winter 2016 is exceptional. Coming from a garden that consistently produces excellent quality tea, that is high praise indeed. The front end palate is intensely floral in up in the nose, but the stand out feature is the very long and even taper. We noted that the aftertaste(also floral) lasted up to two minutes. Three grams per 100ml is the typical suggested amount of dry tea, however we were able to produce very flavorful liquid with as little as two grams. With a standard amount of three grams--or four to five for gonfu style brewing--expect six flavorful resteeps if timed properly.