REVIEW: Green Terrace Teas – Li Shan High Mountain Oolong (2014)

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Tea: Lightly oxidised oolong tea from Lishan, Heping District, Taichong City, Taiwan (spring harvest 2014)
Sample provided by: Green Terrace Teas
Twitter: @greenterracetea
Facebook: Green Terrace Teas
Link to Li Shan Oolong on Green Terrace website

Over the past couple of months I have reviewed five teas from Green Terrace Teas. While I’ve enjoyed all of their teas, I have thoroughly enjoyed the lightly oxidised oolongs that they sent me.  This Li Shan High Mountain Oolong really got my curiosity going when it arrived because I tried their Li Shan Black Tea last month and found it a unique and special tea that has a remarkable sweet flavour. I was eager to compare the two Li Shan teas, as well as to see how Li Shan High Mountain stacked up against their other oolongs. 

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf consists of small rolled leaves that range in colour from lime green to dark green

– It has a light floral aroma. The aroma of the dry leaf awakens when added to a pre-warmed teapot or gaiwan

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a pale green liquor with a floral aroma

– It is a smooth, medium-bodied tea. With the first three infusions, I detect a combination of fruity (melon and tropical fruits) and floral (orchid) flavours. After the third infusion, the floral flavours are most discernible

Tips/conclusions:

– Prepare this tea gong fu style with 95C water. Try infusing five to seven times

– Like Green Terrace Teas’ Li Shan Black Tea, this oolong is unique and sweet. It definitely has classic Taiwanese oolong floral flavours (especially after the third infusion), but I think it provides a distinctly different drinking experience from Green Terrace Teas’ Ali Shan or Shan Lin Xi, which are creamier and more floral. If you are interested in exploring subtleties in various oolongs, I’d recommend comparing this to Ali Shan. I personally prefer the creaminess of Ali Shan and Shan Lin Xi over the more fruity flavours in this Li Shan, but I enjoyed this tea for a nice change

– This tea is a real bargain when you consider how fresh it is, that it is extremely high quality and that you can get numerous infusions. I think it is competitively priced to other Taiwanese oolong teas that I’ve seen at other shops

Score:

4.75/5

Retail price: 10 grams for $3.80 / 50 grams for $16.00 / 50 grams with box for $18.00 / 150 grams for $40.80 / 300 grams for $76.80

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About teaxplorer

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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