Medium Roast Ali Shan Oolong Winter 2008
-Winter Harvest 2008
-Gowing Area: Alishan Scenic Area, Chiayi County, Taiwan
-Varietal: Qing Xin (Green Heart) Oolong
-Vacuum Sealed with desiccant in 50 gram portions
-Ships in resealable stand up pouch
-10% off orders of 2 or more x 50g bags (100g or more), 15% off orders of 5 or more x 50g bags (250g or more). Discounted price reflected in price displayed in shopping cart.
For some time now, I have been searching for high quality examples of more highly roasted oolong teas from China and Taiwan. I was chatting with our friend and tea producer in Taiwan about how difficult it has been to find high quality examples of stronger roasting because of the popularity of the greener style oolongs, and she decided to send a sample of this more strongly roasted tea from their Winter harvest of 2008. I was immediately enamored with it and bought the rest of this batch of tea to share with fellow tea enthusiasts.
This tea is a wonderful example of how a higher degree of roasting can enhance and dramatically change the entire sensory experience of an Ali Shan Oolong. It is a winter tea, which usually means that it does not have the same penetrating aroma as a spring tea, but winter teas tend to have a thicker mouthfeel and a more pronounced & lingering sweet aftertaste (Hui Gan).
This tea has a wonderful & lingering Hui Gan and a moderately thick mouthfeel, but what makes this tea different is the roast. Our friends/growers on Ali Shan consider this a fully roasted or highly roasted tea, but in my mind this tea really qualifies as a medium roast since the fresh and floral flavors come through in the cup and it is still quite visibly green when the leaves are steeped and fully open.
The medium degree of roasting really brings a complexity to the table that is just amazing to my palate…a toasty nuttiness combined with the orchid-floral sweetness of Ali Shan Oolong and the interplay of some dried fruit (peach or plum maybe?) flavors come together to make a simply delicious brew. This tea will easily yield 4-5 Gong-Fu style steepings before starting to lose its punch, and the Hui Gan (aftertaste) is lovely and lingering. A perfect tea for cooler weather.
Each order is a vacuum sealed 50 gram package with a desiccant pack shipped in a resealable high barrier stand up pouch for short term storage and to protect the tea once it has been removed from its vacuum packaging. Obviously, do not consume the desiccant pack, but keep it with the tea once the vacuum bag has been opened to absorb any moisture from the environment that might accumulate in the tea leaves. This tea is not suitable for storage over a period of months once the vacuum seal has been opened. Please consume within 30 days after opening for best flavor & aroma.