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.
Our AliShan Spring, 2017 has arrived! Spring teas are typically much sharper and more nasal. This batch has a refreshing minty initial taste, which segues into the more traditional floral green oolong flavor. We found a slight creamy texture in the liquor as well, something more common in winter teas from Taiwan. The 2017 AliShan brew up to six cups, with careful steeping technique. Delicious!