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Da Yu Ling High Mountain Oolong Tea

$30

大禹嶺高山茶


Flavor:
 Fruity, fragrant herbal tones. Full, balanced, fresh floral/green/fruity flavor. Lingering, aromatic finish. This Da Yu Ling Oolong ranks definitively within the category of Taiwan's finest High Mountain Oolong.

 

Garden: This farm is in Taiwan's prime tea growing region. In this region, the location of the farm is indicated by the kilometer marking on the cross-central highway. This farm is around the 100k marker, which indicates some of the most pristine tea real estate on the island.

The highest elevation tea growing regions are where the epitome of this type of tea is produced.The ideal climate conditions offered by this elevation range combined with the methods of tea cultivation that have been developed are considered to be the main factors that have gained this category of tea its fame.

The place names of Li Shan and Da Yu Ling are unsurpassed for prime Taiwan High Mountain Oolong, and we feel privileged to be able to share this tea, which has become recognised as some of the best in the world.

Harvest: Hand picked in small batches. Spring 2014.

Elevation: 2100m

Tasting Notes 

This most exclusive High Mountain Oolong produced in Taiwan is renowned for its fragrant aroma and lingering aftertaste.  Its unique character is comprised of a freshness and complexity of fragrance and a substantial flavor have captivated tea lovers around the globe.  

 

The subtleties of aroma are derived from newly grown leaves of the Green Heart Oolong (清心烏龍) cultivar grown at an elevation that provides optimal climate conditions for this plant. The slower growth at high elevation provides substance to the tender new growth which in turn gives premium Taiwan High Mountain tea its claim to fame.  It is in a class of its own due  its smooth, clean - yet complex flavor followed by a heady lingering aftertaste. 

The Story Of This Tea

This Da Yu Ling Oolong ranks definitively within the category of Taiwan's finest High Mountain Oolong.

 

This batch of tea was procured through a friend who is one of the most active tea merchants we know. He also is the most frequent prize winner in tea competitions all over the island of Taiwan. He was raised in tea and his father was a renowned tea producer in the Songbolin area of Nantou County.

He diligently seeks out tea from sources with whom he has ongoing relationships with, and who know what he likes. Without this kind of history of connections in the local industry, it is quite difficult to source this level of exclusive quality. This standard of quality is mainly in relation to the amount of oxidation that the leaves undergo, in addition to farm management. The producer and the buyer share their tea making experience and mutually agree on the methods to be employed.

In this way, the buyer is not dependent on what is produced in a given season without actively participating in the production.  That would require shopping around with less reliable sources that lack the reliability of a working relationship. The buyer can refer to previous batches of tea that he has procured and fine tune the processing methods based on previous results. This is crucial when it comes to procuring the finest High Mountain Oolong Tea in the world. Virgin tea farms at the highest range of elevation that are cultivated by farmers who are sought after by other artisans with perhaps more experience in tea cultivation brings the quality of production to a premium. This is the cutting edge of the High Mountain Oolong Tea industry and the circumstance in which this tea was procured.

Brewing Tips

Single Mug Brew: 

Put 4-5 grams of tea leaves in a 16 ounce mug, fill with boiling temperature water and let steep for 3-4 minutes before drinking. After about half of the tea is drunk, refill with boiling temperature water and let sit for 2 minutes and continue to enjoy. This tea can be brewed further by simply adding water as you continue to drink it. Adjust amount of tea leaves used to personal preference.

Cold Brew:

You may find that you will get the most out of this premium tea by using the gong fu method of brewing. However, if you are a fan of cold brew, this will likely give you some of the best results of any tea you can find! Add 5-6 grams of tea per liter of water and let brew at room temperature for 3 hours or refrigerate overnight to enjoy the next day. 

Gong Fu Brew:

Fill a Gong Fu teapot to 1/6 or less capacity with tea leaves and follow the standard Gong Fu brewing method.

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