Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong Tea


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  • Flavor: Heady floral/fruity aroma. Smooth mouth feel. Balanced floral and fruity notes. Clean, bitter/sweet finish.

    Garden:  This plot of tea is located in the Fanzaitian area of the Shan Lin Xi growing region. Our friend has entered batches of this tea in local High Mountain Tea competitions and repeatedly achieved high ranking awards.

    Harvest: Hand-picked, medium batch, winter 2022. Shan Lin Xi, Taiwan.

    Elevation: 1400m

  • This winter crop from the southern Fanzaitian slopes of Shan Lin Xi Tea growing region offers a substantial brew with a vibrant complexity. The aroma of the brewing leaves is a thick floral/fruity bouquet that is both soothing and stimulating. The tea has a smooth mouthfeel, with notes of savory herbs and fresh vegetables that offer just enough bitter quality to make the subtle flavors pop! It's a very satisfying and refreshing brew that can endure several steepings.

  • Our friend procured three consecutive days from this winter harvest that was later than most neighboring farms. The farmer allowed his tea trees to rest through the summer growing season. And only harvested in fall, followed by a light pruning of the branches in preparation for winter harvest. This allow the trees to have renewed energy to produce new growth following the fall harvest and subsequent pruning. This is how this farm stands apart in its winter produce with most other farms in the area.

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

    Cold Brew: Use 6g 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: tart with a 1:15 leaf to water ratio, e.g. 10g of tea leaves for a 150mL teapot. Use boiling temperature water and brew for about 50 seconds. Increase brewing time with each successive brew. The leaves can be brewed 6 times. Adjust to taste.

Customer Reviews

Based on 34 reviews
NPS score:
Likes: Amazing flavor!!!
Improvements: N/A

I'm highly critical of people describing teas as tasting like things such as pastries, but this winter Shan Lin Xi walks the walk. I think someone else described it in an earlier review as feeling like "the Rolls Royce of tea" and I'm inclined to agree. The flavor reminds me of a flaky pastry with almond paste. It's super luxurious and feels like a real treat. It's absolutely delicious and has a pleasant, relatively long-lasting aftertaste.

Good tea with a little flaw

The tea is totally great, one of my favorites, 5 stars.

The only flaw was the little stone I found in it.
Slipped through the quality control I guess ^-^

Wonderful time after time

This is the latest batch and continuously draws favourable comments from tea friends.
It’s smooth and fragrant combining excellent brewing every time.
It is a beautiful tea which is wonderfully fragrant with a lovely satisfying after taste and leaves you wanting more.
It is one of my all time favourites and will be on my shopping list once the next crop is in stock.

Ed Mayer
Great Flavor

A very solid Shan Lin Xi that has great taste each brewing, and still has plenty of flavor through the fourth brew. Love the teas fragrance and floral notes that really hit the spot

David Edmundson
Lovely floral taste

Lovely floral high mountain taste with slightly sweet and creamy overtones. Can see why some have described it as 'pastry', getting hint of shortbread biscuit and perhaps some light almond notes in there as well. Lovely lingering aftertaste.