Special Reserve Lishan High MountainFloating Leaves Tea
Just like the story of how we got involved with the Special Reserve Alishan : A disappointing Winter harvest from our usual sources lead us to search for High Mountain oolongs from smaller plots that had something "extra" going on. When we tasted this Lishan, we were certain we needed to get some of this tea even if it was just for our own private collection. Something about the first session with this tea really spoke to us, more of a feeling than a flavor.
This tea is grown on a farm in the Fushou Shan area of Lishan, the second most famous Lishan growing region next to Da Yu Ling.
Also like the Alishan Special Reserve, it's not easy to come up with a description for this tea. If you think about it in colors, this Lishan is more vibrant than the Alishan. If the Alishan notes are delicate, floral and veiled in mist, these notes 'pop' more. Still, the aroma is very well balanced to the point where the individual notes feel integrated into one.
There is a bright citrus note that I am familiar with in other high mountain oolongs, like grapefruit maybe, which cuts through beautifully without feeling overpowering. The scent feels buttery and smooth. Broth is mineral-salty with an extremely soft and creamy texture. The aftertaste is also big, intensely salivating and sweet for a very long time after swallowing.
This tea reaches easily to the throat and stomach, filling the body with comfortable feeling. And the scent penetrates softly into the head giving the body sensation a sense of completion.
If you are interested to see how good Lishan tea can get, try some. We love it, and we will probably drink it all up ourselves if we have the chance!
- Harvest Location : Fushou Shan, Lishan, Taiwan
- Harvest Date : October, 2020
- Cultivar : Qing Xin
- Altitude : 2400 Meters
We've found that -- although the tea is certainly more expensive by dry weight than our previous Lishan High Mountain Oolongs -- we can actually get more infusions with more intensity using fewer leaves in the pot. In that way it's fairly economical! (At least we have convinced each other that way.)
Furthermore, we really highly recommend fully boiling water for this tea. We do all of our oolongs with water as hot as we can get it, but in particular these Special Reserve High Mountain Oolongs seem to need full heat to pull out the most exquisite nuances in the fragrance.