2019 Winter Lishan High MountainFloating Leaves Tea
Lishan, which translates to 'Pear Mountain' is one of Taiwan's most famous tea mountains. The misty peaks of this very high alpine region accent Taroko Gorge National Park on the East Coast of Taiwan. This tea garden is located about 1800 meters high on the mountain.
This is the only high mountain oolong from this season that arrived too late to make it into the blind tasting event from early June. The Lishan that we initially tasted, we were not very impressed with. But they wouldn't give up, and sent us this sample a week or two later. It made the cut, and we have Lishan this season after all!
Wet leaves have a big fruity and milk candy aroma. Broth is smooth and spreads nicely to the throat area. Classic high mountain buttery feeling. Taste is sweet and fruity with a bit of spinach undertones. The aftertaste is bold and fruity and has a pretty big presence in the throat for a light high mountain oolong.
This tea is fruity and buttery with a big sweet flavor. The tea is nicely opening up, but it seems to like being brewed in a clay pot the best. Gaiwan seems to work just fine, but it does show a more full body and more connected structure in a pot.
- Harvest Location : Lishan, Hualien, Taiwan
- Harvest Date : November, 2019
- Cultivar : Qing Xin
- Farming Method : Conventional
- Altitude : 1800 Meters