Shan Lin Xi Premium High Mountain Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Butter, Floral, Creamy, Green, Mineral, Vegetal, Peach, Sweet, Honey, Orchid
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 6 oz / 183 ml

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  • “Had this as my first cup of the day and I found it pretty unremarkable. There's a nice floral note on the nose, but I'm not getting any distinctive flavours on the palate. Maybe a hint of butter...” Read full tasting note
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    Anlina 507 tasting notes
  • “From the *Lewis and Clark TTB*. Brewed gongfu-style with gaiwan. 5 second rinse. Steeping times: 5, 5, 5, 5, 10, 10, 10, 10, 30, 60. The wet leaf offers a buttery and floral aroma. The liquor is...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Upon brewing this tea up and tasting it for the first time, all I could do was whisper a quiet, "Oh no," into my cup. This is pretty much everything I love in an oolong: buttery, creamy notes...” Read full tasting note
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    Beorhthraefn 14 tasting notes
  • “*Lewis & Clarke TTB* So I sniffed the Green Terrace Teas oolongs, and this one smelled delightful! :P The tightly-rolled pellets are yellow-green. Their dry scent is very sweet and creamy with...” Read full tasting note
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From Green Terrace Teas

This crisp, lightly oxidized oolong is grown in the Shan Lin Xi region of Nantou county. At about 1,800 meters, the cool and humid climate surrounding the region provides the ideal conditions for producing high-quality gao shan cha (high mountain tea). Shan Lin Xi is light and refreshing with vegetal and mineral notes, and a sweet aftertaste. Its smooth, creamy body is accentuated by cool floral undertones that are very distinctive from other high mountain teas grown in Taiwan. We recommend brewing this selection in a small porcelain teapot or gaiwan.

Chinese Name: 杉林溪烏龍茶

Origin/ Harvest: Zhushan Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 台灣南投縣竹山鎮杉林溪 / Spring 2014

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12 Tasting Notes

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507 tasting notes

Had this as my first cup of the day and I found it pretty unremarkable. There’s a nice floral note on the nose, but I’m not getting any distinctive flavours on the palate. Maybe a hint of butter right on the finish, but even that is kind of muddled.

Flavors: Butter, Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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176 tasting notes

From the Lewis and Clark TTB.

Brewed gongfu-style with gaiwan. 5 second rinse. Steeping times: 5, 5, 5, 5, 10, 10, 10, 10, 30, 60.

The wet leaf offers a buttery and floral aroma. The liquor is pale yellow, clear, thin in texture, and medium-bodied. Not a complex flavor profile. The main note is flowers in most of the infusions – it seemed like I was drinking their fragrances. Towards the end of the session, the texture is a little creamier, and I taste a little less floral and more mineral, with a peach and apricot aftertaste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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14 tasting notes

Upon brewing this tea up and tasting it for the first time, all I could do was whisper a quiet, “Oh no,” into my cup. This is pretty much everything I love in an oolong: buttery, creamy notes against a strong, vegetal background. The mineral hints toward the end are different, a little more astringent than I’m used to, but very complimentary to this Shan Lin Xi overall. So why the overdramatic cup-whispering? This was a sample that Green Terrace sent me. Had I but known what a delicious little cup you make, my darling, I would’ve bought bulk in a heartbeat. Sadly, I will have to go without until my next order, which will likely take quite some time, given the amount of tea in my cupboard. I’ll savor every sip until then.

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Floral, Green, Mineral, Vegetal

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Lewis & Clarke TTB

So I sniffed the Green Terrace Teas oolongs, and this one smelled delightful! :P The tightly-rolled pellets are yellow-green. Their dry scent is very sweet and creamy with stonefruit notes. I was unsure how to steep this, but I went with 190 degrees for 3 minutes. I underleafed it a little bit because I wanted to make sure there was a serving left for someone else, so I used a little bit less water as well. :)

Brewed, it smells sweet and somewhat vegetal with nice peach notes. Yum, this is very tasty. It seems quite similar to a buttery, vegetal green tea to me, which is nice because usually green oolong is too light-bodied for me. It definitely has a touch of lovely peach flavor that I pretty much always find in green oolong. The texture is very creamy and mouth-filling, and there’s the tiniest flourish of floral at the end of the sip, as well as stronger peach notes. This is definitely my kind of green oolong, yum! :)

Edit: Do not let this one cool, lol. The floral takes over and it becomes quite soapy… :(

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Floral, Peach, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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268 tasting notes

If you want a super creamy mouthfeel, this is the tea for you! It’s so thick that pudding mouth doesn’t really cover it….maybe custard mouth. I do enjoy that a lot in an oolong, but unfortunately other than that it’s a bit boring. It’s mainly creamy feeling without venturing into milk oolong territory in terms of taste with a mineral quality to it and a sweet finish. It’s nice but bland. I’m glad though because I can’t be in love with ALL of the green oolongs.

Flavors: Creamy, Mineral, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
sherapop

Yum—cannot wait to try it now! ;-)

mj

LOL

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294 tasting notes

Lewis and Clarke TTB

Ok, so after the last surprisingly weak tea, I decided to try another green oolong from Green Terrace Teas to see if it was just a fluke. This time I also increased the steepings.

I did 2 10 second rinses, and 15,15,30,30,60,60 4g 4oz

The first two steeps were stronger than the last tea. Nice butter aroma, but not much in the front and mid sip, and then some floral and astringency at the end of the sip.

I caved and added sweetener. I don’t usually sweeten straight greens or oolongs. It does enhance the flavors a bit. I’m getting some cream and butter and some floral and mineral notes. I didn’t really notice any astringency, but I’m not sure if that was masked by the sweetener or what.

I did something silly. I wasn’t paying attention and added water to the cup holding the fifth and sixth steeps, maybe about 4oz. I was spacing and poured it into the cup instead of the pot. As such I’m not getting much from this. Some very subtle butter and floral notes.

This seems to suit me better than the last one did. I’m getting a lot of buttery notes from it, which I prefer over floral, which is a plus.

Preparation
4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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461 tasting notes

The last of my samples, another Green Terrace chose for me. It smells nicely floral (maybe orchids). The flavour is light, buttery, and green. Teas like this are trying to make me prefer green oolongs (which I do like, but usually after lunch.)

Flavors: Butter, Green

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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269 tasting notes

I haven’t been leaving too many tea reviews lately. My asthma has built up so bad over the last few months (little by little). I have started a special diet to help with that so that’s one of the reasons too I’m not drinking much tea. I’m not supposed to have any tea at all in the first part of the diet but this morning I’m so groggy and congested I need just a little to get going. Thought I would try this tea.

I did a quick rinse on the leaves. It has a wonderful floral aroma ( I wonder how much better that would be if I could breathe right?) of orchids. There is light butter/honey notes. Only did 2 infusions. I read some of the other reviews and see this tea changes from more infusions but I have to watch my caffeine intake. Will maybe leave the leaves for another time.

Flavors: Butter, Honey, Orchid

Preparation
0 min, 45 sec
Christina

Has the change in diet helped any? I hope you feel better soon.

MzPriss

Oh I’m so sorry about your asthma and I hope you feel much better soon! I love orchid-y oolongs sooo much.

Ubacat

Thanks Christina. I’m on the Candida diet. I know from past experience some of the foods that’s slowly starting slipping into my diet causes Candida growth in my digestive system which in turn causes my asthma. I’m also allergic to mold & stuff released by the trees spring and fall. To feel the benefits from the diet takes some time. Could be weeks or might be months depending on how severe the candida was in my system.

Thanks MzPriss. I love orchid-y oolongs too. I bet this will be an amazing tea when I can breathe! lol I was wondering way back why some on here would taste notes and I could never taste them! I lived with the asthma so long I forgot it was there some days – until I tried to keep up with my exercise and couldn’t do it.

yyz

I hope your feeling better soon. There are a lot of allergies around here recently. I stopped running outside after I started developing rashes after doing it, in the early summer. Candida can be kind of assiduous, I would probably do well to go on some detox regime as well. My mom used to work for Dr D’Adamo at one point and at times I have followed it to the letter, but generally my sweet tooth/bread loving half gets the better of me. Cranberry tea with cinnamon helps me during these periods as well.

mrmopar

Feel better soon!

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Final GTT sample! As with all of the teas, I used half the sample. I’m sorry to say that this one didn’t blow me away like the rest of the samples did. It’s good, but is flat and lacking in body, flavor, and complexity. The incredible floral notes I get from other ShanLinXi teas are pretty lacking in this one. It’s also quite soapy, a trait that is undesirable in gaoshan oolongs. This is almost the same price as the incredible Lishan oolong, so I see no point in buying this.

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I decided that I wanted oolong today but I didn’t really have the time to sit and enjoy the ceremony of it with my clay teapot and all that jazz, so I did this one western style. It worked out pretty well and tasted delicious. I do like this tea quite a bit. I finished off the sample I got from GTT today, but I ordered more during their big sale.

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