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 crisp 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.
The top note has a jasmine-like floral quality, very sharp and nasal. The middle note has a pure, sugarcane-like sweetness. The finish has a citrus fruitiness. We would describe the 2020 vintage LiShan as a “complete” green oolong. With the right combination of floral, fruity, and sweet notes, each working in harmony and not competing with each other for your senses. Definitely a tea you should savor in a vacuum. However it has a flavorful boldness that can accompany a meal as well.
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.