Lala Shan Hong ShuiFloating Leaves Tea
This Hong Shui oolong is one of Charcoal Master Zhan's regular teas. It is grown organically by a meticulous farmer on Lalashan, a mountain South of Taipei. Last time we met him, he was telling us that he uses symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi in his soil to naturally give his tea plants extra strength. This tea is also a GABA oolong, 'oxidized' with nitrogen in high tech machines. Master Zhan drinks GABA tea to help treat his Parkinson's disease symptoms. It is supposed to be good for healing nerve damage. And he says GABA tastes best when oxidized more heavily into a Hong Shui (red water) oolong.
This tea hits so many points, its almost funny! GABA, Hong Shui, High Mountain, Organic, Old Bush. But what we really care about is that it comes together to make an excellent tea. It was grown by a talented farmer and roasted by a master. And now it's one of our favorite teas.
This is a new Lala Shan! We love it. It is very similar to the original Lala Shan in the caramel sweetness and rich broth. However this one was deeply roasted by charcoal fire, affording it a greater sense of gravity.
This Lala Shan Hong Shui has an even bigger presence in the nose, mouth and body, like a wave sweeping over the drinker. It has a sauna-like warming effect that feels deeply relaxing. The tea doesn't have as much sweetness as the original Lala Shan, and requires a bit more diligence in brewing.
Still a forgiving tea that packs in depth in beauty that usually comes in more esoteric and harder to grasp packages. If you want to experience the beauty of a masterfully done GABA tea, this is an excellent choice. It has structure, body, aroma and an artist's touch.
- Harvest Location : Lalashan, Taoyuan, Taiwan
- Roast Date : September 2019
- Cultivar : Qing Xin
- Farming Method : Unsprayed