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I love this tea so much that I carry it in my online store, Bon Teavant Market. Red Blossom Tea’s owner knows Taiwanese oolongs like few others do. While they recommend a much longer steeping time than I prefer, this Alishan has a deep smooth, buttery taste that is the hallmark of this rolled oolong. I still have some in stock if anyone cares to try it. The new trend is to process high mt. oolongs a LOT greener (less oxidized), which brings in a bitter bite that I have not been able to resolve with steeping so I’m hanging onto my 2009’s as long as possible. This tea is also good for aging. I have a 15-year-old aged Alishan in my personal stash, and it’s magnificent.

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This tea is fabulous, and while FL owner recommends the traditional, I prefer this special roast. This rolled Taiwanese oolong has a very smooth mouth feel, a bit roasty, even sweet, but still floral and aromatic. Owner Shiuwen has a great palate as is clearly in evidence with this fine tea.

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This tea was superb. Chocolatey, sweet, aromatic, and full-bodied. Unfortunately, it is now all gone, and Floating Leaves will not be getting more for a while…There is no substitute, so I’ll just have to wait.

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I am the owner of Bon Teavant Market, which features teas from a cross-section of small tea merchants who source their teas directly from tea farms in Asia. I also offer essays, podcasts and video interviews with tea professionals around the world.


Mill Valley, CA



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