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Li Shan

Hand Picked Spring 2016, Taiwan
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£5.75

An exceptional, lightly oxidised oolong. Highly aromatic and richly floral, with fresh, clean and lingering flavours. Beautiful.

Li Shan, or Pear Mountain, in the southern district of Taichung is one of the world's highest tea growing areas. The cool climate of the area also permits the production of pear, peach and apple orchards, hence the mountain’s name. 

Although tea has only been cultivated in the district for around 20 years, Li Shan is already Taiwan’s pre-eminent tea area, with a deserved reputation for its premium, high altitude teas, known as gao shan cha.

Cool conditions and thin air slows the growth rate of the tea bush, which concentrates the tea’s flavour and aroma. Misty conditions also elevates the production of amino acids, which contributes to the natural sweetness of the tea.

This spring tea, grown at 2,300m, is from the high quality qing xin or chin shin cultivar, which is revered for its fragrance. Lightly fermented and tightly balled, this oolong unravels over several infusions to reveal large teas leaves still attached to long stems. For competition grade teas, the leaves are meticulously removed from the stems, with little affect on flavour, but forcing prices ever higher. We like the character the stems give. 

Brewing Guidelines

  • 3g
  • 150ml
  • 2 mins
  • 85°C

Use freshly drawn and filtered water at around 85°C. Quickly rinse the leaves in hot water and discard immediately before brewing.

For Western-style brewing in a teapot, steep 3g per cup. Infuse for 2 minutes before serving. Re-steep an additional 2 times (or more) for 2 minutes each time. 

For Asian-style brewing in a gaiwan or small teapot, steep 6g of tea for up to 5 or 6 infusions. The first infusion can be as short as 30 seconds, and increase the infusion times thereafter. 

A quite forgiving tea, the first few infusions will be lighter and slightly floral moving to more vegetal (or bitter if steeped at too hot a temperature or for too long).

The leaf quantity, infusion time and temperature can be adapted to suit your personal preference.

An exceptional, lightly oxidised oolong. Highly aromatic and richly floral, with fresh, clean and lingering flavours. Beautiful.

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