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Award Winning Nonpareil Taiwan DaYuLing High Mountain Cha Wang Oolong Tea
Oolong King, highly aromatic, creamy, floral
Oolong King, highly aromatic, creamy, floral
Dayuling Area, Taichung County, Taiwan
October 5, 2017
Large thick leaves handmade rolled into tightly even ball shape,
glossy and dark green
Light orchid fragrance with mixed fruit fragrance
Bright and clear, yellowish-green color
Obvious floral fragrance, strong sweetness in the throat; brisk
and smooth aftertaste with long-lasting sweet scent in the mouth
Long-lasting “Hou Yun”: even no liquor in the mouth but still long-lasting fragrance
lingers at throat and back of tongue.
C.sinensis cv.Qingxin (Chin Shin Oolong)
Moderate caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee)
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated
Grown at altitudes above 2,500 meters, DaYuLing Oolong Tea is the king of Taiwan High Mountain Tea.
Award Winning Tea
The Global Tea Championship is an independent competition, judged by tea professional, to distinguish the highest quality & best tasting teas commercially available globally. We’re thrilled to announce that Teavivre’s DaYuLing Oolong tea was placed as a Sliver Winner in September Spring Loose Leaf Hot 2017 Global Tea Competition. Its rounded taste and balanced flavor ultimately won the judges’ love in the Green Oolong category.
Judges’ comments on our Nonpareil Taiwan DaYuLing High Mountain Cha Wang Oolong Tea:
Dry Leaf: Characteristic of Category: Tea leaf material fits the general expectations of the category in which the tea was submitted.
Exceptional: Material used exceeds expectations and is far superior to the typical material used.
Liquor Flavor : Characteristic of Category: Flavor/Taste fits the general expectations of the category in which the tea was submitted.
Liquor Mouthfeel/Body: Smooth: Liquor has a rounded taste and body that is pleasing. A desirable characteristic meaning the tea is well harmonized and round or full.
Overall Harmony: Balanced: The tea is overall balanced from dry leaf, aroma, color, taste and mouthfeel. No one component is lacking.
Additional Comments: Exceptional Aroma
The Nonpareil Taiwan DaYuLing High Mountain Cha Wang Oolong Tea is grown in Dayuling tea area at the altitude above 2500 meters, in which the climate is cold and forests grow well. This cold and moisture condition is suitable for tea trees’ growth. In addition, the soil here is fertile, meanwhile performs well in drainage. Thus the tea leaves carry a natural scent of flower and fruit.
Chinese Gongfu Method
|Teacup: 12oz / 355ml||Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml|
|212℉ / 100℃||212℉ / 100℃|
|3 Teaspoons / 5g Tea||7g Tea|
|Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins||8 steeps: rinse, 30s, 30s, 50s, 70s, 90s, 120s, 150s, 180s|
|Rinse time is around 5 seconds|
Fushoushan Farm is in Lishan, in the area above 2000 meters high. The farm is in marked high mountain climate. Tea trees grow slowly in cold weather throughout the year, which makes the tea leaf small and soft, containing high content of nutritious substances. This is a hotbed for planting tea trees.
Fushoushan Farm is on the south mountainside of Lishan Mountain. When looking at the farm, you will see the land is covered with tea trees, and smell the elegant fragrance of flowers.
Fushoushan Farm surrounded by clouds
Calla lily in the tea garden
It is a universal rule about aromatic substances in tea, that new buds have higher content than old leaf, spring teas contains more than summer teas, and high mountain tea is higher than low altitude tea. This is the reason that new harvested high mountain tea has strong aroma.
Taiwan High Mountain Tea
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.
The Difference between High Mountain Tea and Low Altitude Tea
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 with 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.
Under the high mountain and cold condition, processing Gao Leng tea will be extremely hard. 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.
Mr. Lui, who is the sixth generation owner of his family tea business, built the highest tea garden in Taiwan, which is on Fushou Mountain near Lishan Mountain.
In 2006, Taiwan hosted the World Famous Tea Expo. Mr. Lui was one of the sponsors. He also founded the Taiwan Tea Roasting Technical Seminar. Besides of tea, he is also experienced in the firing skill of porcelain tea wares.
Lui keeps a unique understanding of building a tea garden. He said that the key of building a tea garden is to make the environment, soil, weather be integrated with the tea. He also mentioned that water is the most powerful kind of material to memorize information. 80% content of fresh tea leaf is water. The water will carry the characteristics of soil and weather into the tea leaves. Then they can make delicious tea and sweet tea liquid.
When talked about picking fresh tea leaves, Mr. Lui said except being tender, the fresh leaf must be thick and fleshy, as well as in bright green color. This is the requirement of picking for making good High Mountain tea.
Lui thinks that every business is competitive, except for tea. The speciality and high quality of Taiwan tea makes it unreplaceable. He said: no matter what you do, tea business or others, you need to seek for the joy of the business. When talking about tea, talking about Fushou Mountain, talking about high mountain tea, I feel joyful in my heart.
Mr. Lui and TeaVivre Founder Angel Chen
The tea garden of Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea is located at the meeting-point of Nantou, Taichung, Hualien. It lies above the altitude of 2500 meters, is higher than normal oolong tea gardens. The oolong tea produced here has mellow taste and fragrant flavor. So this place is generally regarded as the best place for producing Taiwan high mountain tea.
Da Yu Ling Tea is welcomed by people because of gifts of nature. The climate on high mountains is cold and has large temperature difference, thus tea trees here grow slowly than usual, producing tender leaves and mellow teas. With the acid soil, the unique environment breeds this unique tea.
Qingxin Oolong is a kind of wild species and belongs to small leaf species. The tea plant is short, has dense bunches and thick leaf. The leaf is soft and elastic in glossy and deep green color. Presently, this specie mainly grows in the villages in Chiayi County, Taiwan, like Ali Village, Wenshan Village, Haishan Village, as well as Mingjian Village and Lugu Village in Nantou County.
Da Yu Ling (大禹岭) was formerly called as He Huan bealock. It lies near the point of 112.5 km of Central Cross-Island Highway, which is the highest point of the highway. When the highway was constructed at this place, the workers excavated the mountain by hands. Also they met rough problems in this rugged place. They had to conquer those difficulties which were as hard as King Yu tamed the flood (大禹治水). From then on, it was named as Da Yu Ling.