Li Shan High Mountain Oolong Tea


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  • Flavor:

    Soft floral/pastry aroma. Smooth, balanced, fruity and floral character. Heady, lingering clean finish.

    Garden:  This garden is located on the west side of the Li Shan region, situated directly above a reservoir, and at the top of a ridge. It is managed by a couple with 30 years of High Mountain Tea farming experience.

    Harvest:  Hand-picked, Heping District, Taiwan. Spring 2024.. 

    Elevation: 2000m

  • This spring batch of tea is a well rounded profile of aromatic floral notes and substantial composition. It is a classic high mountain tea in that it was not extensively oxidized, but just enough to give it balance and body.  It has a full bouquet in its aromatic profile, with a balanced  floral/herbal character and a heady, long lasting finish.

    This crop of high elevation Qing Xin Oolong tea offers a fresh, vibrant flavored brew that strikes a fine balance between sweet creamy and softened herbal and floral notes in its flavor profile.

  • The source is a family we befriended a few year ago, and have since developed a solid relationship. They are based in Meishan, the northern side of the Alishan tea growing region and manage a renowned tea factory. They cooperate with local growers, supplying them with their preferred fertilizers and guidelines on farm management. This offers farmers (mostly relatives) the security of selling their produce on a seasonal basis without any pressure of processing and selling the finished product. This arrangement is one form of sustainable practice in the tea industry.

    This family run business is in high demand by local tea merchants for producing competition grade award winning tea for many years now. They leased a plot of tea on the western side of the Lishan region, on the top of a ridge, directly above a reservoir. This micro-climate is a significant asset. Their tea making skills are in high demand among wholesalers in the local industry. Their most loyal wholesale clients fully rely on the tea makers to select their supply on a seasonal basis.

  • Mug: 8g tea in 300ml 100°C water. Steep for 4 minutes. Re-steep. Adjust to taste.

    Cold Brew: Use 5g of tea per liter of water. Brew tea at room temperature for 2-3 hours, and enjoy. Or you can put your cold brew bottle in the fridge to brew overnight and be ready to drink the next day.

    Gong Fu: ​We recommend starting with a 1:15 leaf to water ratio. So, 10g of tea for a 150mL teapot. You can see how this works for you and then adjust accordingly. Use boiling temperature water and brew for one minute on the first brew, 50 seconds on the second brew, then increase brewing time about 10-15 seconds with each successive brew. The leaves can be brewed 5-6 times. You can also go with a higher leaf:water ratio, and brew for shorter intervals, and get more brews overall.

Customer Reviews

Based on 24 reviews
Tamara Perkins
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2023 spring Li Shan meh

Disclaimer: I'm a long time high mountain oolong snob. I found the 2023 Li Shan a bit of a disappointment. Luckily, this was not the only tea in my order. The Shan Lin Xi High Mtn Oolong was lovely.

Michael Songbird
Li Shan review

My first time drinking Li Shan. I was pleasantly surprised. Rich flavor that satisfied my craving for matcha tea, with a much less grassy taste.
I enjoy it best in the early morning. So refreshing!

Nathan BONIN
Deep taste

Wonderful tea with really good taste

michelle mielru
I have to repurchase!

I purchased on June 19, 2022 and I didn't record the harvest batch.

My first impression was a very green and fresh tea. Brewed western style on glass tea cupping set, it tasted slightly sweet, buttery, creamy, fresh green vegetable, floral, aromatic, and smooth. Lingering aroma.

I have tried the room temperature brew (>12 hours) and it was intense! You must try this method!

I loved it so much! I totally recommended to try out this tea!

Tea of my dreams.

First round of this I ordered was the winter 22 batch and it was simply incredible. By the time I realized I should order more, it had sold out.

Now onto the spring 22 batch. Considering how delicious the winter was, I went ahead and ordered 2 150g boxes to start. Brewed it as I had the winter batch (based on the "mug" instructions) and was initially disappointed. Tasted more vegetal than I would expect of a Li Shan, less buttery, and overall it just seemed like it had a flatter flavour profile. But then...

I decided to brew it Gong Fu style! Oh. My. Goodness. ALL the beautiful and subtle notes started coming out. The lovely floral and herbal aroma, and that buttery, creamy finish — especially on the 2nd and 3rd brews which are my personal favourites. With this style I end up steeping it around 6-7 times and it each cup is different and delicious until the very end!