Batch 95 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a Lishan High Mountain Oolong Tea, harvested in early August. This second flush of Qing Xin Oolong strain grown at 2000m elevation represents the "gao leng", (which loosely translates as "alpine") style of tea from the northern borders of Taiwan's High Mountain Tea growing regions.
This plot of tea located in Taiwan's highest elevation tea growing region got plenty of rain during the growing season, mixed with days of strong sun and cool, crisp nights — producing a leaf material that is both substantial and tender as result of the fast growing summer cycle
The leaf material is noticeably thicker and fully in tact - displaying the substantial composition that represents the high elevation climate. The stems are thicker and shorter than Li Shan's lower lying cousins. Given the tender new growth, the stems are still supple and more conducive to being thoroughly dried while maintaining their vibrant, fresh quality. These leaves were lightly oxidized, with sufficient solar withering to transform the raw green vegetal qualities into sweeter, more complex notes. This batch of Li Shan Tea offers a delicately sweet floral aroma and light, vibrant flavor profile with hints of Asian pear and mace.
Watch the tasting video for the full details on this batch of tea, its origins, and how it brews!
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