Spring High Mountain 2019
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 year’s tea is a particularly elegant example of a lightly oxidised high mountain oolong, with a bright, fresh character that combines tropical fruit and vegetal notes with a floral buzz. The aroma is dense, with a perfumed sweetness that can be felt persistently in the back of the mouth after it 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 2019.
95°C, 5-6g per cup. Wash briefly, 5+ infusions.