Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Broccoli, Creamy, Cucumber, Floral, Green, Milk, Peach, Sugarcane, Sweet, Thick, Coconut, Pineapple, Tropical, Apple, Cake, Herbs, Smooth, Fruity, Butter, Pine, Cream, Fruit Tree Flowers, Bitter
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 13 oz / 381 ml

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Currently in its prime age, the tea garden is at 1,600 meters elevation in one of the largest and most popular regions of Taiwan for producing top quality high mountain oolong tea. This couple manages their farm by themselves, using only natural fertilizers, zero weed killers, and only a minimal amount of water soluble pesticides early in the growing season.

Flavor: Fruit and pine aroma. Balanced, complex, subtle sweet and astringent qualities. Enigmatic. An exemplary high mountain tea.

Garden: This farm is managed by a husband and wife team who transformed their plot of virgin high mountain bamboo forest into a tea garden just ten years ago. They produce approximately 300 pounds of tea from a typical day’s spring harvest, compared to 1000 pounds a day from larger productions in the area.

Harvest: Hand-picked. Small batch. Spring 2013.

Elevation: 1600m

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59 tasting notes

I got this from the January Steepster Select package, and it was definitely one of my favorites. I haven’t had a ton of experience with oolongs, but this one reminded me lot of a Taiwanese Pouchong I got from a tea room in Colorado – one of my favorite teas I’ve ever tried.

It has what I assume to be the characteristic flavor of a lighter oolong – very smooth and almost buttery. It takes extremely well to multiple steepings, so it can last you a while.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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101 tasting notes

This is a light, airy tea. I can imagine that it would be a great tea for meditating, so that one would have time to puzzle out its subtle flavors. However, with a long day ahead of me and a slight cold, I was hoping for a strong tea to wake me up.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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278 tasting notes

I think I got this one from a reddit swap or sale. I used 5g in a 100mL gaiwan with 200F water. The dry leaf, which was comprised of larger than average little nuggets, had a nice and creamy “green” aroma. Once rinsed, I smelled notes of sugarcane and popcorn.

The first steep was vegetal with a bit of sweetness – it actually reminded me a bit of broccoli. After that, I got about seven steeps of creamy, milky, floral, sometimes sugarcane flavors. The tea had a nice thick texture to it, matching with the milky flavor. It also had a bit of a throaty feeling for a couple of those steeps. Less regularly, I got nectarine aftertaste and an occasional cucumber note. I gave it three more steeps after that, but those ones were pretty flat and dead. This one wasn’t as crisp as some High Mountain oolongs I’ve had, but it was still quite nice.

Flavors: Broccoli, Creamy, Cucumber, Floral, Green, Milk, Peach, Sugarcane, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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974 tasting notes

Thankfully a friend sent some of this to me. ShanLinXi is my favorite type of oolong. All the feels. This one is a bit lighter in terms of thickness than some, it the size of the leaf and the feels are on point.

This is easily one that can sit in the cupboard for who cares how long or short and it will continue to brew nice. Quaility leaf with a smooth taste. Provides an enjoyable session with multiple infusions. I’ll need to try all of their SLX and see if one has the thickness and depth I want, even if this is solid… I’m getting more selective :)

Daylon R Thomas

I felt like a moron for not waiting for the summer crop. It was $14 bucks for 75 grams.

Zennenn

Have you tried the Red Blossom and Song slx samples? Would love to know how you think they compare.

Liquid Proust

I have only had BTT, TCT, Eco, TS, and some direct SLX. I have wanted to try Red Blossom, Tea Trekker, CS, and Tea Masters in regards to SLX.

MrQuackers

Why is ShanLinXi your favourite type of Oolong?

Zennenn

No! I sent you samples of Song and Red Blossom along with a Misty Peak cake for puerh newbies months ago.

Zennenn

Dang, I hope it didn’t go missing in the mail.

Liquid Proust

O.o what kind of packaging? I know I have it

Zennenn

Oh, good. Crappy blue ziplock freezer bags, more than likely. :) Or, if I had them at the time, 4 by 3 inch clear plastic 4ml resealable bags.

mrmopar

The mail is giving us all fits right now.

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671 tasting notes

Still one of my top favorites, and I am so happy I can taste it while sick. I don’t know if my mucus is doing this, but I’m getting a little bit more coconut in the savory body. The lovely confused yellow fruitiness between apples, pineapples, and “Asian Pears” remains.

mrmopar

Hope you get feeling better.

Rasseru

yeah man, hope youre better soon!. I just went to check this out on the website, noticed only one left in stock. Had to try it. – very reasonably priced, good shipping ($6 to uk!)

Its the summer crop so probably not as floral as the winter, but with winter coming up I figured I can try both.

Any others good from them for a bigger winter purchase?

Evol Ving Ness

Daylon, have you subscribed to the Eco-Cha tea of the month club? And if so, what is your take on it?

Daylon R Thomas

Thank you!

Rasseru: um, the winter crop is pretty good and I prefer it ever so slightly. The Spring crop which is what I have is way too savory for me in the first few months, but it felt more balanced as time went on. The two crops were only different by a hint, and personally, I would get the summer crop if it were available because all I want is the basic floral-fruity profile. Their four seasons was surprisingly good and mega apple fruity. Their Jin Xuan which was a Spring Crop had plenty of the sugar cane grassiness/tropical coconut and pineapple vegetal thing going. I’ve always wanted to try their LiShan and AliShan to see how they compare, and I’ve especially wanted to try their AliShan and Wu Yi black. However, the AliShan black is only in a premium package and the other tea is a part of their club. Andrew has also tried this Shan Lin Xi and basically said its a solid standard with quality leaf.

Evol, I’ve always wanted to be in the club, but never have because of budget reasons. One good thing is that you will get plenty of tea even if you do a small package, and if you are in the club alone, you will be getting a unique tea each month. Alexsia Amanda Wilson (Necromancer is a part of her steepster name) is a club member and writes incredibly florid descriptions for each tea. Every other person I know that has tried a club tea has loved it.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Daylon. Most useful. What small package?

Rasseru

Ive just got my pack (was the last in stock so I had to jump) & its quite sweet vegetal compared to your notes of fruit & coconut, & not very pear-y. Still very nice but not stellar (just imo being very into fruity tea), still $20 inc shipping for a decent bit of very good clean sweet tea.

The nicest part was to get to know eco-cha, they seem like a really nice company, decent pricing, organic & have sold out all their stock almost, so good for them. I am looking forward to the winter crops.

Rasseru

Also, 6 days shipping to the UK? Other companies take note – I will be buying from them again & this is a factor

Daylon R Thomas

Evol-I meant if you get a smaller package from Eco-Cha if you buy from them.

Also, Rasseru: have you ever had this kind of pear?
https://www.google.com/search?q=asian+pear&espv=2&biw=1517&bih=735&site=webhp&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiqwaO3557PAhUC6SYKHQ1lC0IQ_AUIBigB&dpr=0.9

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks for clarifying, Daylon. I hope your cold has subsided.

Rasseru

I actually have but I cant remember what they exactly taste like, they arent the usual UK pear

Rasseru

or maybe I havent, I actually cant remember!

Evol Ving Ness

I have four of these apple-pears sitting here. I need to get on it.

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174 tasting notes

I love straight teas that taste flavored. This one smells and tastes very tropical and fruity. The wet leaf has an strong aroma of juicy fruit and honeycomb. The tea starts off with white peach and coconut, gentle florals and a soft body. Steeped further, pineapple and a little creaminess develops. There’s a bit of minerality and a delicious lingering fruitiness. The pina-colada flavors remind me a lot of WP’s Golden Lily. Come to think of it, it has some milky tones too.

Only negatives are some rather large twigs and the flavor runs out pretty quickly. By the 4th steep, most of the flavor had been wringed out. All in all, a very pleasant and satisfying tea!

Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Milk, Peach, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Rasseru

twigs arent necessarily a bad thing, they add sweeter flavour

LuckyMe

@Rasseru – interesting, i thought all the flavor was in the leaf. they’re just a little annoying because the gaiwan lid won’t stay closed

Daylon R Thomas

Now I know to get that one.

Rasseru

the stem part has catechins that add ‘mellow sweetness and aesthetically undesirable’

LuckyMe

@Daylon – let me know if you’d like a sample. it really is a good tea.

Daylon R Thomas

I’d love a sample. I’ve been debating on whether or not I wanted to try more from that company.

Xxxxx

If you want a mind changer regarding twigs, get some Malawi Satema Antlers white tea from What-Cha. It is almost all twigs and sweet as your first kiss.

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29 tasting notes

Shan Lin Xi high mountain Oolong has light oxidation and roast. It contains of intact bud-and-leaf parts aswell as single intact leaves. The substantial brew starts off fragrant, incredibly sweet and smooth, somehow like apple pie. Later, it adds coconut notes and becomes more refreshing with a hint of basil in the aftertaste.

Flavors: Apple, Cake, Coconut, Herbs, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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92 tasting notes

Thanks to curlygc for this one! This was my first tea of 2016! It is definitely one of the best oolongs that I have had. It’s florally like a TGY, but without the cacao notes, which is something that I like a lot more about this tea. It is also fruity—pineapple and coconut. 2015 (especially from Black Friday till now) was a year where I acquired lots of tea. I have a long way to go in my knowledge of tea and in developing my taste buds. Here’s to 2016 (raises cup of tea)!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

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Another lovely oolong from Eco-Cha! Thank you! These jade green bundles are larger than the milk oolong from the other day, so I went with two teaspoons for a mug. I think they brewed up wonderfully. This a unique oolong as I could swear it tastes like…. COCONUT. Buttery, creamy, coconut. The flavor is almost like the milk oolong, but that extra coconut element really stands out in all three steeps. At times, there are also hints of flowers (my favorite type of oolong flavor). As it cools, the third steep becomes very fruity, possibly like pineapple. Pineapple and coconut? Sounds like pina colada to me. All of the flavor notes here result in an amazingly tasty cup. The three steeps were very close in flavor. Again, it’s odd to me that an oolong doesn’t change more than it does here. With some oolongs, the third steep promises that the leaves could be steeped to result in many more delicious full mugs, and I don’t think this oolong was done at three steeps! I think I was close to being perfect with the steep parameters, but I like trying the same tea with different parameters, so we’ll see how 1 1/2 teaspoons works next time. But this was an extremely enjoyable oolong the way this was brewed! A lot of character and a little bit magic. Eco-cha.com has been impressing me!
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 15 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #3 // 7 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Pineapple

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I am so in love with my new fishtank! When I was at the store picking it up I also collected a few more shrimp (I have six now!) and I impulse bought a Kuhli Loach. Usually I try very hard to not impulse buy fish, but there was only the one and it was lonely. Loaches are quite communal little (long) fish, so I hope to get him a companion at some point, I love Loaches, they are such fun to watch. Of course mine is missing, because they are also notorious hiders, so who knows what rock it has stuffed itself under.

Today, continuing with my themed Oolong week, is Eco-Cha’s Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong, specifically the Fall 2015 harvest, so nice and fresh! I really enjoy Shan Lin Xi, it is an Oolong that I just find to taste so clean, like mountain air during the winter, so I am excited to see how this harvest compares to others I have had. If you have not, I highly recommend checking out the website for this tea, it is a wealth of information about the grower and this batch’s harvest. The leaves are quite pretty, tightly balled and vibrant green, and the aroma is both intense and gentle…it makes sense, I promise. It starts out with a gentle chestnut note, then moves to creamy sweetness, then on to clean alpine air (it is a bit pine-y, just a touch) with a finish of lily of the valley, sugarcane, and a delicate note of oatmeal.

The first steep unfurls quite beautifully, showing off the richly green leaves. The aroma has left the realm of gentle and just moved straight to intense, I first notice the alpine fresh air with gentle green notes and just cleanliness, it smells refreshing. This moves on to honey, rolled oats, and a touch of gentle flowers. The liquid is quite sweet, notes of oatmeal and lily blossoms, sugarcane, honey, and that fresh mountain air. At the tail end of the sniffing is a note of snap peas adding a bit of green.

Now it is time for sipping the pale golden liquid. The texture is smooth, not quite buttery, but certainly no dryness at all. The tasting starts out sweet, a gentle sugarcane sweetness, this moves pretty immediately to snap peas and alpine air, honeysuckles, lilies, and a touch of butteriness. The finish is a nice lingering honey and smoothness.

Time for the second steep, the leaves are more unfurled and the liquid a little darker, the aroma is sweet and sugary, with notes of snap peas and oats. The texture of the mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, I would go all out and say it is buttery this steep. The taste is a perfect balance between sweet and green, notes of sugar cane and lilies, alpine air and snap peas, and a finish of oats. The aftertaste kinda sneaks up on you with a gentle floral sweet burst, just like nectar.

Moving right along to the third steep, the leaves are so fluffy I can barely close my gaiwan! The aroma is sweet again, the oat and sugarcane notes are stronger, the snap peas and alpine notes are more laid back, and it has a buttery undertone which is quite rich. The taste is sweet, creamy and sweet with a lean more towards flowers and green notes. Growing things, alpine air, snap peas, and a touch of crushed vegetation, the green then moves on to honeysuckle, lilies, and a touch of lilacs. The finish of flowers give the tea a nectar sweetness that lingers for a while. I went on for quite a few more steeps, these leaves just give and give, one of the reasons I love Eco-Cha’s Oolongs so much, staying power!

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/10/eco-cha-shan-lin-xi-high-mountain.html

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