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.
Our tea master in charge of the LiShan harvest has decided to slightly increase oxidization of the 2018 flush. This has resulted in a brew that is not very vegetal or grassy. The aroma and notes start floral but the dominant flavor is a round, melon-like fruitiness which combines with a pine-like aftertaste. Definitely a beautiful and flavorful tea that will not disappoint. We found the leaves to be a bit more delicate this year, expect four flavorful infusions.
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.