Alishan High Mountain Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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  • “This is sooooooo amazing cold brewed. Sooooooooo amazing. It tastes like heavenly snow. Like lilacs and winter. Smooth and sparkly and so delicious. I can't describe it. I can't compare it. ...” Read full tasting note
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    Mercuryhime 520 tasting notes
  • “OH GOD! This is AWESOME. I have to get more of this!!! I remember smelling the leafs before steeping and going HMF. It smells so green and seaweedy - I was really not in the mood for green. But...” Read full tasting note
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    Rijje 93 tasting notes
  • “My last bit of this sample was a little more than I needed, but I liked the slightly stronger taste it yielded. I went three steeps, and really did find very different characteristics in each one....” Read full tasting note
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    AdhamL 237 tasting notes
  • “Ali Shan! My favorite Oolong! I even purchased a Yixing mug from Jade Teapots (ebay seller 11sbaumann) JUST for my Ali Shan consumption! And I am christening my mug with THIS Ali Shan....” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4550 tasting notes

From Canton Tea Co

Alishan (Mount A Li) is one of Taiwan’s most famous oolong tea-growing areas. The mountain has a rich soil and ideal climactic conditions. It is cool and moist with daily mists so the plants grow very slowly and produce tender, flavourful tea leaves and buds.

This Alishan oolong is hand-picked and hand-processed by traditional methods into rolled ‘fists’. It has a smooth, fruity, sweet taste and a pleasing bright colour. This tea has a complexity that means each brewing brings out new characteristics and flavours.

New 2010 spring season tea. This is a very good example of one of Taiwan’s most celebrated high-grown oolong teas. The fresh, clean almost creamy taste makes it an extremely refreshing and satisfying tea to enjoy at any time of day.

Our Buyer’s notes
“This tea is produced by an old friend of mine on a small tea farm in Ali Shan. He is a skilled tea maker and only uses the best leaves processed in the old-fashioned way to ensure a sweet taste.”

About Canton Tea Co View company

Canton Tea Co is a London-based tea company trading in high grade, whole leaf Chinese tea. We have exclusive access to some of the best jasmine, white, green, oolong, black and authentic puerh teas available. In our first year, we scooped Six Golds at the 2009 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. Our Jasmine Pearls won the top three star gold award, endorsing it as the best available in the UK.

25 Tasting Notes

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This offered some pleasant surprises.

The tea starts as very bright green “nuggets” with a literally sweet, mouthwatering fragrance of honeydew, cucumber and very subtle sweet hay.

After brewing, the leaves were completely unfurled and had expanded to fairly impressive proportions. (My gaiwan runneth over.) The tea was more golden than I’ve seen in other oolongs and was subtly floral and grassy in fragrance.

In taste, it was very light and I picked up buttered squash and a touch of vanilla. The first infusion had a slight tartness, but I think I went too long. Next time, I’d probably start with only a minute or so and work back up.

I liked this one. It had a lot to offer and was really enjoyable. I seem to be building quite an affinity for Taiwanese teas as I haven’t really found a bad one yet.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I look forward to trying this one… I love Ali Shan Oolongs … I even just purchased a new Yixing mug for my Ali Shan Oolongs…

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Creamy and substantial, pushing into a sweet milkiness spiked with a heavy “green” taste that anchors the liquor and keeps it from floating off into marshmallow land. The leaves unfurl wonderfully and appear thick and healthy. Good for quite a few infusions.

Very clean and rich, a good everyday “greener” style oolong that teeters on the sweet side.

deftea

Wow, cf, you been drinking a lotta different teas in the past few hours! Thanks for the reports.

cultureflip

Ha! Actually, I’m just logging them all at once. I honestly haven’t felt like writing anything down until now. My pleasure!

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This week’s Canton Tea Club offering had participants trying to decide a victor between Li Shan and Ali Shan oolongs. For an indecisive Libran like me, this was going to be difficult. Why? They look, smell, and (from what I recalled) tasted the same!

So, I subjected both to a Western-style pinting to determine a victor. Ali Shan won by a hair, thanks to appeasing my sweet-tooth. However, the best results came when I combined the two. I was downing the mixture by the pot as a wrote this: http://steepstories.com/2012/11/27/throwing-in-the-towel-after-a-tea-fight/

While listening to M.C. Hammer.

No, really.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is awesome.
The smell of the leafs before steeping is amazing.
The second infusion is the one I like more; the most balanced one. I’ll review it.

The color is quite limpid with emerald green shades.
The smell is full of floral notes; but it is not aggressive.
It tastes gentle with floral and some spicy notes in the end.
The persistence is really long. This oolong will leave your mouth with a really soft aroma and you will not want to drink (or eat) anything for at least an hour.

In conclusion this is my favorite oolong; and one of the few that I would replace with water.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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61 tasting notes

WTR score of 88. Lighter in aftertaste (sweetness). Norbu has generally performed better in consistently sourcing ali shans.

compare to other ali shans on Walker Tea Review: http://walkerteareview.com/http:/walkerteareview.com/tag/ali-shan

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How is the processing different for Alishan vs. a Chinese lightly oxidized oolong, like TGY?

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An oolong that makes for the nicest of green teas! vegetal – almost spinach – but also sweet and most refreshing… another winner from Canton Tea Co.

I bought an extra for work! Essential

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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One of my best ever teas, I order it directly from a guy in Taiwan on eBay. Bewwed just right it has a melon-ish taste and sweetness, very little earthyness.

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