LiShan, translated as Pear Mountain, is nestled within the Northern regions of Nantou apart of the Jade Mountain Range. The title is well earned: here you’ll find the best climate across all of Taiwan for cultivating apples and pears, which require cold weather to properly flourish. Tea is also perfectly suited to the high elevation—from 1500 up and beyond 2000 meters—and misty mornings of LiShan. This means that the land is an incredibly precious commodity, and accordingly oolong from the mountainside plantations are considered the pride of the country.
Spring 2017 has produced a LiShan oolong that is very nasal, from start to finish. The trend for teas in Asia has started to move away from "hyper green", so if you have any of the 2016 stock to compare with this new flush, you will notice that our 2017 LiShan has slightly higher oxidization, between three to five percent more. Flavors are floral and very high in the mouth, with a semi-dry taper that begs for more. However, the aftertaste is sweet and slightly peachy. We definitely recommend savoring this tea for at least a minute to fully appreciate its complicated notes!