Shan Lin Xi Oolong

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Origin: Shanlinxi, Taiwan

Plucking Season: Spring

Introduction: Situated in the heart of Taiwan’s tea growing center, Nantou County, Shan Lin Xi is a pristine nature reserve known for its maples, wild-flowers and butterflies. Tea from this region has a distinctive clear, crisp flavor and aroma known to oolong connoisseurs around the world.

High Mountain Tea
Due to Shan Lin Xi’s high elevation and cooler climate, the tea leaves in this region grow slower attaining a higher concentration of sap and essential oils which contribute to the tea’s complex flavor and aroma.

Oolong Varietals
Though oolong processing can be applied to any tea leaf, certain varietals lend themselves specifically to the techniques used. Taiwan oolongs develop fragrances and tastes not found in any other tea and the art of Taiwanese oolong making has been adapted to enhance the qualities of varietals from each region of the Island.

Processing – An Art
For Shan Lin Xi, only the newly sprouted leaves are plucked and then withered in the sun for a few hours to reduce moisture.
When suitable leaf suppleness is achieved, traditional rolling techniques (wrapping the leaves in cloth) are applied.

Final Roasting
This Shan Lin Xi is finished with a long, low temperature roasting which enhances the tea’s distinctive fragrance without making the leaf brittle.

Flavor Profile: Toasty, sweet, and subtally floral aroma with a clear, crisp taste and body.

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Visited the Tao of Tea shop yesterday and among my purchases was this oolong tea. I asked the attendant for one that has a “buttery” flavor. First pick was the Ali Shan but they were out so this was the next best option. I picked up a can. To keep freshness, each of the two ounces in the beautiful tin was shrink-wrapped.

The leaf of this tea are tightly curled and a dark forest green in color with some lighter yellow-green color showing in places. The aroma of the dry leaf did indeed have the buttery flavoring, but it was not strong.

I steeped the leaf in about 185 degree water for 3 minutes. It came out a pale yellow with a hint of green to it. The aroma of the brew was wonderful. The flavor of the brew is equally wonderful with a smooth buttery flavor that is not overpowering. This is a great evening tea. I’m enjoying my 2nd steeping and I believe I will get another one easily, maybe more from this quality tea.

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