Alishan: Tea Subscription 2016 December

Alishan: Tea Subscription 2016 December

“A cup of tea would restore my normality."
[Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Screenplay] ― Douglas Adams

View of Alishan Region from Taihe Village.

View of Alishan Region from Taihe Village.

This month we are exploring one of the most renowned oolong tea regions in the world –The Greater Alishan Tea Farm Region. The region is part of the central southern highlands with a peak altitude of 2190 meters. Alishan is a combination of 'alit' which means ancestor mountain in the indigenous language and ‘shan’ simply means mountain in Mandarin. Alishan teas are delicious because the mountains form reoccurring fog with yearlong day and night vast temperatures difference that is perfect for Taiwanese oolong tea varieties. Furthermore, clean spring water from the nearby mountains are used for irrigating the tea plants making the teas just that much better. This month, instead of 40g of 2 teas, we are exploring 3 teas of 25-30g each. 

Limited Alishan Oolong Tea 30 grams

This tea comes from an Alisan family that practices zero pesticide natural farming. Their tea trees were transported from Grandpa Lo’s tea farm in Hsinchu to Alishan in 1990. In this tea, we are exploring the “Mountain Qi” flavours. This is the most traditional and popular way of making Alishan oolongs which is aimed to highlight fresh and floral notes with a lingering aftertaste.  

Tasting Notes: Starts with a cold mint and spiciness feel then develops into a bouquet of floral notes such as lily, hyacinth, orchid and honeysuckle follow by a long sweet aftertaste. 
Brewing: 2.5grams, 90-95C, 150ml, 3 brews, 2-5minutes
Varietal: Qingxin Oolong
Elevation: 1200-1800m
Date: 2016 Spring

Milky Jinxuan Oolong 30 grams

In this tea, we are experiencing the Jinxuan tea cultivar’s unique characters. Sourced from the same family as the Alishan oolong tea, this is a true Jinxuan milky oolong tea with a natural creamy aroma and luscious texture.  

Tasting Notes: Starts with a mineral note then as the tea leaves unfold, the milky creamy aroma develops along with a smooth thick textured tea. The floral and vine notes emerge later in the brews.  
Brewing: 2.5grams, 90-95C, 150ml, 3 brews, 2-5minutes
Varietal: Jinxuan Oolong
Elevation: 1200-1800m
Harvest: 2016 Spring

Alishan Gongfu Black Tea 25 grams

Alishan Mountain is known for its amazing oolong teas however it also produces limited batches of black teas. This particular 2014 harvest has a sweet soft texture that is easy drinking and pairs well with afternoon desserts. 

Tasting Notes: Begins with malty dried fruit aromas follow by a light airy sweetness and ripe peach and grape notes. The finish is light with a tint of mint.  
Brewing: 2.5grams, 90-95C, 150ml, 2 brews, 1-3minutes  
Varietal: Jinxuan oolong
Elevation: 1200-1800m
Harvest: 2014 Winter