TEA REVIEWS: The Jade Leaf – Qi Lai Shan High Mountain and Zhen Cong Tie Guan Yin Oolong

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Website: The Jade Leaf
Facebook: The Jade Leaf
Company location: Taipei, Taiwan

The Jade Leaf recently launched its new website, and you can now view all the teas and teaware that it stocks and order online. The website is extremely easy to navigate, and The Jade Leaf ships worldwide. In addition to stocking wonderful teas, the owner of The Jade Leaf, Emilio Delpozo, is an extremely talented artist. His teaware is stunning and you can check it out on the website.

Zhen Cong Tie Guan Yin Oolong (spring 2014)

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This Tie Guan Yin is my kind of  roasted oolong. The tea cups out a pale yellow liquor with floral, honey and roasted aromas and flavours. The roast is light and not overpowering, and gives the liquor an additional layer of complexity. The tea has a slightly dry finish, and the aftertaste is fruity and lingers in the mouth. Numerous infusions (four to six) are possible if preparing the tea gong fu style. I love roasted oolongs and would highly recommend this tea!

Retail price: 2oz for $16.43 / 4oz for $28.86 / 8oz for $57.73

Qi Lai Shan High Mountain Tea (winter 2014)
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Qi Lai Shan was grown at 2050 meters. It is a great representation of the best that Taiwanese high grown green oolongs can offer. The liquor is light to medium-bodied. It is, however, packed with buttery and floral aromas and flavours. The liquor is smooth, and it has a clean, long-lasting aftertaste. Green oolong drinkers will not be disappointed by the quality or flavour and aroma complexity in this tea.

Retail price: 2oz for $19.48 / 4oz for £34.95 / 8oz for $65.90

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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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