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.
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!
Wonderful tea with really good taste
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!
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!