Tea: Lightly oxidised oolong tea from Zhushan Township, Nantou County, Taiwan (harvested in spring 2014)
Sample provided by: Green Terrace Teas
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.
– The dry leaf has a jammy (raspberry-like) aroma
– It is a dark green, tightly rolled oolong
– 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
– 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!
Retail price: 10 gram sample for $3.60 / 50 grams for $15.00 / 150 grams for $38.25