Spring High Mountain


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. Like all gaoshan oolongs this tea has been cultivated at altitude in low temperature conditions, which slows down growth and brings out more concentrated flavours and textures than in lower altitude teas.

This is a great example of a lightly-oxidised gaoshan oolong that avoids the pitfalls that often plague the modern ‘nuclear green’ style of high mountain teas. The tea is a touch lighter oxidised than last year’s, with a lime green liquor whose nose evokes the creamier, richer end of the tropical fruit spectrum, balanced by a floral sharpness. In the mouth it has the texture of silk, with very little astringency at the back of the throat. 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

7.5 acres

Camellia Sinensis Sinensis, Qing Xin cultivar. Harvested Spring 2020

95°C, 5-6g per cup. Wash briefly, 5+ infusions.

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Chi Lai Shan is not as famous as many of the other famous high grown areas but it is capable to producing delicious teas like this with less environmental impact than those grown at higher altitudes.

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Additional information

Weight 0.07 kg

50g Refill £14.95, 50g Caddy £17.95, 250g Refill £67


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