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After multiple infusions, considering this light oolong for frequent drinking. I didn’t pick up floral notes as often as I’d done with my other favorite, Ali Shan. But I sensed fresh notes of moss and, indeed, the smooth body and fruity finish mentioned in the seller’s description. An enthusiastic thumbs up!

BrookeM

What is Ali Shan?

Pamela Dean

‘Shan’ means mountain, and Ali Shan is oolong from Mount Ali in Taiwan. It is usually quite lightly oxidized, which produces an oolong with more fruit and flower tastes and aromas. In contrast, the darker, heavily oxidized oolongs have a more toasty, woody flavor profile.

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BrookeM

What is Ali Shan?

Pamela Dean

‘Shan’ means mountain, and Ali Shan is oolong from Mount Ali in Taiwan. It is usually quite lightly oxidized, which produces an oolong with more fruit and flower tastes and aromas. In contrast, the darker, heavily oxidized oolongs have a more toasty, woody flavor profile.

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I am fascinated and deeply impressed by the artistry and skill which coaxes such an array of qualities from one species of leaf. In 2009, I founded San Antonio Tea & Herb Enthusiasts. In 2014, a move to Southern California creates both upheaval and new horizons. The best part is that now I live quite close to my son and his family.

For intimate tastings with a small gathering, I’m practicing Asian-style tea service along the lines of Chinese gongfu cha. It is a joy to share good tea!

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