REVIEW: Green Terrace Teas – Ali Shan High Mountain Oolong

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Tea: Light oxidised oolong tea from Alishan, Chiayi County, Taiwan (harvested in spring 2014)
Sample provided by: Green Terrace Teas
Twitter: @greenterracetea
Link to Ali Shan on Green Terrace Teas website

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf is tightly rolled, dark green leaves

– It has a pronounced floral (orchid-like) aroma with a hint of sweetness

Infused tea:

– The infused tea cups out a light green liquor that has a strong floral aroma

– The liquor has an intense flavour. It is sweet, floral and creamy, with a slight hint of astringency, and has a lingering aftertaste that grows in your mouth

Tips/conclusions:

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

– While I love Green Terrace Teas’ Shan Lin XI, and I knew it would be difficult to top, this Ali Shan just did it for me. Both are excellent teas, but the Ali Shan has that little something extra which makes me rate it a bit higher. Its flavours are explosive and well balanced with the astringency. It is a tea that I admire for all its complexities

Score:

5/5

Retail price: 10 gram sample for $3.10 / 50 grams for $13.00 / 150 grams for $33.15

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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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One Response to REVIEW: Green Terrace Teas – Ali Shan High Mountain Oolong

  1. Pingback: REVIEW: Green Terrace Teas – Li Shan High Mountain Oolong (2014) | teaxplorer

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