High Mountain Oolong
A lightly oxidised, hand-picked Gaoshan (High Mountain) oolong grown at 1500m on Chi Lai Shan at the intersection between Nantou, Taichung and Hualien counties in Taiwan. It has been grown without artificial fertilisers or pesticides by Rui-Lin Xu who also made our previous High Mountain Oolong in Wushe. Like all Gaoshan oolongs this tea has been cultivated at low temperatures which slows down growth and leads to more concentrated flavours and textures than in lower altitude teas.
This is an excellent example of a lightly oxidised high mountain oolong, with a light, fresh character and thick texture which coats the mouth and throat. The aroma is gentle but concentrated with notes of basil, grapefruit and tropical fruits, and a floral sweetness that lingers after the tea has been drunk. Although Chi Lai Shan is not as famous as other tea mountains such as Li Shan or Ali Shan, this tea compares very well to many examples we’ve had from those locations at similar price points.
Brew using freshly boiled water that has been cooled to 95°C and around 6g per 150ml. Many infusions are possible.
Rui-Lin Xu, Chi Lai, Taiwan
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PLANTS AND PROCESSING
Camellia Sinensis Sinensis, Qing Xin cultivar. Harvested Spring 2017.
95°C, 5-6g per cup. Wash briefly, 5+ infusions.