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drank Li Shan by Harney & Sons
2418 tasting notes

Thanks to Russel at Harney & Sons for sending me this freebie sample to try!

I got it today in the mail and immediately wanted to try it. It’s just what I was in the mood for today.

I was not able to gong fu this, so am trying with regular infuser mug method for 2 minutes. I got a very light greenish infusion and the wet leaves smell very fresh and yummy.

I do like these types of taiwanese high mountain oolongs in the afternoon, they seem relaxing and refreshing. I’m getting a light butteriness in my cup, along with a delicate floral – perhaps orchid? The description on their website says honey and cream, I’m not getting much honey but it is a bit creamy. A mild sweetness lingers in the back of your throat. Very nice!

Second steep: I used a little less water this time and got different results. Tea is a bit darker in color and less buttery but more floral.

Third steep: it is amazing how much these leaves have opened up! Sticking my nose near the cup, I’m reminded of a meadow with flowers. The flavor has more subtlety than some other Li Shans I’ve had, but it’s still very nice.

Green oolongs are my favorite thing to cold brew so I already decided I’m going to make a cold brew batch of this for tomorrow – I can hardly wait!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

Amy, you said this Li Shan was more subtle. What is your most memorable Li Shans?? Do you cold brew steeped leaves or add the rest of the sample to them??

TeaBrat

the one that sticks out in my mind is Naivetea’s version, but this is still pretty good. I normally cold steep with dry leaves and occasionally with leftover tea leaves.

Charles Thomas Draper

If I only get 2 or 3 steeps the leaves are going in the mix.

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ScottTeaMan

Amy, you said this Li Shan was more subtle. What is your most memorable Li Shans?? Do you cold brew steeped leaves or add the rest of the sample to them??

TeaBrat

the one that sticks out in my mind is Naivetea’s version, but this is still pretty good. I normally cold steep with dry leaves and occasionally with leftover tea leaves.

Charles Thomas Draper

If I only get 2 or 3 steeps the leaves are going in the mix.

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