REVIEW: Green Terrace Teas – Shan Lin Xi Premium High Mountain Oolong

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Tea: Lightly oxidised oolong tea from Zhushan Township, Nantou County, Taiwan (harvested in spring 2014)
Sample provided by: Green Terrace Teas
Twitter: @greenterracetea
Link to Shan Lin Xi on Green Terrace website

I love lightly oxidised oolong teas, and my favourite are tightly rolled mountain teas from Taiwan. I was first introduced to Taiwanese oolongs about 15 years ago at a small tea shop in Lawrence, Kansas, of all places, and the experience had a profound impact on me. So when Green Terrace Teas contacted me about sampling some of their Taiwanese oolong teas, I immediately jumped on the opportunity. Green Terrace Teas is a new tea company that specialises in artisan teas and is based in Taiwan.

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf has a jammy (raspberry-like) aroma

– It is a dark green, tightly rolled oolong

Infused tea:

– It cups out a light green liquor that slightly darkens with the second and third infusions

– The liquor is moderately aromatic and has a classic high-grown oolong aroma – i.e. floral and sweet

– It is a medium-bodied tea that has a thick mouthfeel and is both floral and sweet. The aftertaste really grows on the palate and in the throat

Tips/conclusions:

– This tea is best prepared gong fu style. I suggest putting four grams of tea in your gaiwan and using 90 to 95C water. You will get four to seven great infusions

– I find this a very satisfying tea because of its thick mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste. It is the kind of tea that re-energises my love for lightly oxidised oolongs. The tea is extremely fresh and of very high quality. It is a real oolong lovers delight!

Score:

4.75/5

Retail price: 10 gram sample for $3.60 / 50 grams for $15.00 / 150 grams for $38.25

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I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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2 Responses to REVIEW: Green Terrace Teas – Shan Lin Xi Premium High Mountain Oolong

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