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Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong is a typical kind of Taiwan High Mountain Tea. This tea is from Ali Mountain, which is the birthland of High Mountain Tea.
The tea garden where Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong Tea grows locates at the altitude between 800 meters to 1400 meters. On the high mountain, climate is cold and cloudy. Sunshine time is short, as a result, the astringent substance in the tea leaves is reduced, thus the tea becomes sweeter. In the mean time, temperature in daytime and in night is distinctive, which make the tea tree grows slowly. Therefore, the leaf is soft and thick with high content of pectin substance. This is the unique feature of Ali Shan Oolong Tea as being a type of Taiwan High Mountain Tea. What’s more, the tea trees are irrigated with spring water on Ali Mountain, making the tea carries a sweet flavor of spring water.
The other feature of Ali Shan Oolong Tea is the gardenia fragrance and natural milk aroma. It comes from the tea tree, named Tai Cha NO. 12, also known as Jin Xuan tea tree. The main character of this tea tree is the mixed fragrance of gardenia and milk. Other tea trees could rarely produce teas with this special fragrance.
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Ali Shan Oolong Tea is a typical kind of Taiwan High Mountain Tea. The conception of High Mountain Tea is relative to the teas planted in lower altitude.
In Taiwan, the teas planted above 800 meters high can be called as High Mountain Tea. Main representative High Mountain tea includes Ali Shan Oolong Tea (altitude between 1000 meters to 1500 meters), Ali Shan LuZhu Tea, Shan Ling Xi Oolong (altitude at 1600 meters), Li Shan Oolong Tea (altitude over 2000 meters), and Da Yun Lin High Mountain Cha Wang Oolong Tea (altitude over 2500 meters).
Vertical Distribution of High Moutain Tea
Due to the cold, cloudy and short sunlight time, High Mountain tea is better in quality than teas grows in lower altitudes.
Normally, in Taiwan tea trees grown at the altitude less than 800 meters are called as low altitude tea. It is different from high mountain tea on the geological features and climate. Taiwan is a mountainous island. The mountain area covers almost 2/3 of its total area. With high mountains in the middle of the land and low coast surrounded, the island has wild water and good drainage. Climate here is more complicate. Mountainous geography allows monsoon climate and high mountain climate existing at the same time. Li Shan Oolong Tea grows in the area over 2000 meters high. Yet as we know, temperature declines 6 degrees for each kilometer the altitude rises. Therefore, the climate on Lishan Mountain is cool all year round. Tea leaf grows slowly, and is soft with elegant aroma and obvious floral scent. Moreover, the unique geography feature forms distinctive nutritious substances in the tea, which is the quality that low altitude tea doesn’t have.
But there is a question: can this place produce top quality Taiwan Gao Leng tea? The answer is not certain. Under the high mountain and cold condition, processing Gao Leng tea will be extremely hard, which can be seen from its expensive price. But why? The making of high quality oolong tea requires good material as well as good weather. Chinese people believe that when the weather favors us, it is the best time for making oolong tea. Good sunlight is needed; meanwhile the process must be quick. Nevertheless, the unstable weather on high mountain couldn’t allow the workers to make tea always in the best condition. In bad weathers, the Gao Leng tea wouldn’t have high quality. No wonder why top teas are always expensive. The result of making high quality teas are limited by many factors. However, if you have a chance to taste it, you will think it values.
Major excellent tea gardens in the world are settled in the mountains near the tropic of cancer. So is the Ali Shan tea garden, which locates in the remote areas in Ali Mountain in Chiayi County.
In Chiayi County, several villages which locate in high mountain areas have tea gardens, including Alishan Village, Meishan Village, Zhuqi Village, Zhongpu Village, Dapu Village, Falu Village. The average altitude of these tea gardens is about 1000 meters to 1500 meters.
This Superfine Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong Tea we brought you on TeaVivre is from Alishan Village. Alisha village is in the east of Chiayi County, is the largest town in this county. It almost cover 1/5 areas of Chiayi.
Jin Xuan is a special variety of Camellia Sinesis (tea plant) developed through research at the Taiwan Tea Agricultural Research center. This special variety is known for producing Oolong with a unique spring floral fragrance and a creaminess undertone, which makes it exceptionally popular.
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Another good tea. Milky, buttery. Some roast taste in the back of the third and the fourth steeping. Thirst quenching all the way. Medium body. Really nice feeling in the moment you drink it. The only thing I could mention is that aftertaste do not last as long as I would like it to be, and therefore 4 stars. Tea that really holds up in value for money category.
I recieved this one as a sample so I only drank it twice, but those two times were almost perfect. If you'd consider one tea for a lifetime supply, this one should be at near the top of your list. The milky taste just lingers on and lasts for quite a number of infusions. I'm buying this one on my next order! My method: Gaiwan 100 ml, 3,33g for 10/15/20/30… sec @ 100°C Flavors: Butter, Milk, Sweet
I bought this as part of the Taiwanese Oolong assortment and got two packets. On I brewed in multiple short steeps the other in one go. Both had a light color and similar flavor with a heavy feeling on the tongue. The multiple steeps started out a bit floral/grassy, and developed a nice buttery and herbal flavor. I started at 195 degrees for 45 seconds and went to 220 for 1:30 over 9 steepings. The flavor started to weaken around 7 and petered out around the 9th so I stopped there. it did develop a slightly green tea bitterness around the 7th steeping as well. The taste is The 3 minute steep at 212 degrees was a bit darker and had a slight green tea like bitterness right off the bat, but not to bad. The flavor was very grassy/buttery with a faint floral addition to the aftertaste. If you like green tea try the long steep, but if your looking for a good heavy oolong this is great for multiple steepings, if your looking for darker oolongs, look elsewhere. I gave it 4 stars as a personal taste preference, (not a fan of floral or green teas) the quality and flavor are excellent as usual from Teavivre.
Important to pay attention - this is a "milky oolong", meaning it is the Jin Xuan (Tai Cha No.12) cultivar, and not the clasic Qing Xin cultivar, that is usually used for high mountain teas. Nevertheless, it's a very good tea for what it is. It has a wonderful aroma of condensed milk, a fresh and light taste, and thick mouth feel. Brewed in the gong fu style, it lasts for 15-20 infusions, which is an indicator for high quality.
A beautiful crisp clean tea.
I decided to try this based on all the reviews and I wasn't disappointed. This tea is smooth with a light flavor. I will order this again. Order it - you won't be sorry!
Very good tea with hint of sweet and floral aroma. Very balanced and pleasing taste with lovely aftertaste. Compared to others crafts from Taiwan my favorite Alishan with appropriate price tag. Definitely recommended.
I ordered this and the Li Shan in my most recent order. I was blown away by Ali Shan the first time I tried it, so I was looking forward eagerly to drinking it again. A clear, delicate and beautiful Oolong, with a lovely mild buttery taste and scent. It's also a very calming tea, and it has a satisfying, sweetly brothy mouthfeel. As with the Li Shan, the Ali Shan lasts and lasts through many infusions - I use a Gaiwan and steep with short 20-second infusions, and my friend and I lost count of how many cups of this we've drunk today - all with a good, full flavour. A very beautiful tea.
This was my first Ali Shan oolong so I didin't know what to expect. Prepared with a porcelain gaiwan. Dry leaves have a nice sweet vegetal aroma. There is not much floral nyances what I expected. Superfine Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong can be steeped many times, I stopped counting after 10th steep. Really nice delicate, sweetly vegetal flavour with hints of summer flowers. The flavour has many different levels and I continue to find different notes with every steeping. Mouthfeel is smooth and buttery. Really good.
Had a gongfu session. Prepared with a ceramic gaiwan. 5 second rinse. Steeping times from Teavivre’s website: 25 sec, 25, 30, 40, 60, 90, 120, 180. I had a odd experience with the dry leaf aroma: it was vegetal like sencha, but after a letting the leaf sit in the bowl for a minute or so, I smelled orange juice. I’m pretty sure of it… It’s not I’ve had orange juice as of late. Well, the aroma of the leaf – from the rinse – goes back to Taiwanese oolong. Ah, summer flowers. 'Tis mid-summer, the day of Litha. You can’t go wrong with a variety of tea that oozes essence of summer. The wet leaf aroma – which follows the first infusion – reflects the fact that these leaves came from a tree called “Jin Xuan tea tree”: the notes are quite milky. When I read this information, while waiting for the water to heat, my insides winced. Jin Xuan makes me feel a little ill. But this tea isn’t called Jin Xuan. The leaf yields a light green gold liquor, which is clear and full-bodied, and has a thick mouthfeel. The floral notes are consistent and delicate. In the middle of the session, berry notes comet through – strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, and other goodies. Nothing other than flowers and fruits. I wouldn’t call this everyday per se – in no way it’s so pedestrian. It is something one can drink every day, to enjoy and to relax with all year around. Agreeable and pleasant, this isn’t something I’d tire of easily.
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