REVIEW: Green Terrace Teas – Li Shan Black Tea


Tea: Black tea from Lishan, Heping District, Taichong City, Taiwan (spring harvest 2014)
Sample provided by: Green Terrace Teas
Link to Li Shan Black Tea on Green Terrace Teas website

I have never tried a black Taiwanese tea and was extremely pleased to receive a sample of this Li Shan. The oolong and green teas that I’ve tried from Green Terrace Teas have been dynamite, and I was really keen to see how this black tea would stack up.

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf consists of large, curly leaves. There are also some golden tips scattered throughout the tea

– It is a very aromatic dry leaf. The sweet smell of the leaves makes a powerful first impression

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a clear, golden liquor with a sweet aroma

– It is a medium-bodied tea that has a honey-like sweetness and almost no astringency. The liquor has a lingering sweet aftertaste


– Green Terrace Teas suggests short infusions with 90 to 95C degree water. I used my gaiwan and infused the tea for 30 seconds. You will be able to get at least four infusions out of this tea by using short infusions. Drink without milk or sugar

– My first thought about this tea: ‘Wow, this is unique’. This is one sweetest black teas I’ve ever tried, and its smoothness is remarkable. I would say that this tea is difficult to describe, but it has elements of a Georgian black tea and a medium oxidised oolong tea. While I couldn’t see myself reaching for this tea daily because of its sweetness, I think it is a truly unique and delicious black tea that would appeal to many people



Retail price: 10 gram sample for $5.20 / 50 grams for $22.00 / 100 grams for $39.60


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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 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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