Tasting Notes: Round, light gold-colored liquor with notes of white flowers and spice.
This Spring 2021 harvest high mountain oolong (1200m) comes from one of Taiwan's most famous tea mountains: Ali Shan and this particular year is a stand out! Ali Shan hand picked and produced in a small batch in Ruili, Taiwan. The tightly rolled mature leaves unfurl over multiple infusions yielding a profoundly aromatic cup with the delicate complexity of green vegetation, white flowers, and spice.
Don't throw away your leaves after the first steep! Many of our employees prefer Ali Shan on the second steep! We recommend this oolong experienced through many steeps in the gaiwan or re-steeped several times in a western teapot.
Oolong teas, often tightly twisted or rolled, may be first "rinsed" before being infused. To rinse the tea, simply cover it in 195 degree water directly in the pot. This water, after about twenty seconds, should be poured off. Pour new 195 degree water over the leaves and steep for 3-5 minutes depending on the tea and your taste. As with Pu Er, our high quality oolongs may be infused three or more times and will yield an uniquely expressive cup each time.
What is Oolong Tea?
Oolong is the broad family of teas that encompasses a range of oxidations of the tea leaves from 10% to 70% and is nestled between the families of the lesser oxidized greens and the more fully oxidized blacks. The Chinese have mastered the art of oxidation through centuries of crafting and have shared their craft with the Taiwanese, who have been producing exceptional oolongs for only a handful of decades. The type of cultivar grown, the geographical vastness and the a range of production techniques all contribute to this diversified category of tea. As a general rule, lesser oxidized oolongs have a tendancy to be more delicate and floral while more oxidized oolongs can be more woody, honeyed and fruity.
Health Benefits of Oolong Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices all play roles in antioxidant and caffeine levels in your cup. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.