AliShan High Mountain Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Butter, Floral, Grass, Seaweed, Apricot, Coconut, Cream, Hay, Honeysuckle, Lettuce, Mango, Mineral, Osmanthus, Sweet, Orchid, Vegetal
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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  • “Continuing my series of high mountain oolong reviews this morning, we come to this Ali Shan oolong from Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company. Curiously enough, I actually used 4 grams of this tea to do a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This tea opens with notes of graham cracker and hay, transitioning to grass and flowers. The floral quality grows in the finish alongside a delightful sweetness, and both linger for some time....” Read full tasting note
  • “Used the last of my sample of this tonight. This was a delightful oolong. The scent of the leaves and the flavor of the liquor were different enough for me to take note. The wet leaves have a sweet...” Read full tasting note
    84
  • “Of all the BTT samples I ordered, I liked this the best. This is a pleasant oolong with light floral notes, slightly vegetal and an unexpected hint of seaweed. When I took the first sip, I...” Read full tasting note
    72

From Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company

Our Alishan Sunrise comes from Ali mountain, probably the most famous tea growing region in all of Taiwan. Its tea is well known in Asia and is difficult to get recently as Chinese connoisseurs with increasing means are enjoying the good stuff. This Oolong is grown in the ShiZuo (Stone Table) area of Ali Shan which is above 1,600M. A cool and moist climate here produces this wonderful tea. Like it’s counterpart from ShanLinXi (our Misty Mountain Tea), you can drink this tea for hours and not get tired of it. It’s clean, refreshing and invigorating.

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4 Tasting Notes

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837 tasting notes

Continuing my series of high mountain oolong reviews this morning, we come to this Ali Shan oolong from Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company. Curiously enough, I actually used 4 grams of this tea to do a multi-step Western session Saturday evening, but wasn’t thrilled with the results. I spent Sunday focusing on What-Cha’s excellent Ali Shan and then used the remaining 6 grams of this tea for a gongfu session early this morning while preparing for a conference out of town.

After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 195 F water for 10 seconds. This infusion was followed by 11 subsequent infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 15 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted subtle aromas of butter, cream, grass, and leaf lettuce. After the rinse, the leaf lettuce scent emerged more fully, while subtle floral and vanilla scents also began to make themselves known. The first infusion produced a more balanced bouquet with slightly more vanilla and more distinct floral scents of lilac, hyacinth, and honeysuckle. In the mouth, I picked up surprisingly muted notes of grass, butter, cream, and vanilla chased by a ghostly floral note. Subsequent infusions were a little more assertive, offering fleeting impressions of lilac, hyacinth, osmanthus, honeysuckle, apricot, coconut, mango, and hay at one point or another. The later infusions were smooth, yet rather bland, offering subtle butter, cream, grass, and leaf lettuce impressions underscored by faint fruitiness and minerals.

Honestly, I have had a few hours to process my feelings regarding this tea and I’m still not thrilled by it. This tea was so soft and clean on the nose and in the mouth and the more interesting aromas and flavors were so elusive that I found it difficult to remain interested in it over the course of the session. I pretty much stopped taking notes a little after the halfway point. Even the feel provided by this one was very timid and restrained. Compared to the Ali Shan from What-Cha, I found this one to be boring. It didn’t strike me as being bad, just boring and somewhat lightweight, maybe even a little bland overall. I would still recommend that curious drinkers give it a chance, but I do have to say that there are better Ali Shan oolongs out there.

Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Coconut, Cream, Floral, Grass, Hay, Honeysuckle, Lettuce, Mango, Mineral, Osmanthus

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This tea opens with notes of graham cracker and hay, transitioning to grass and flowers. The floral quality grows in the finish alongside a delightful sweetness, and both linger for some time. While subtle overall, and with a light mouthfeel, there is a refined complexity to the flavors here.

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257 tasting notes

Used the last of my sample of this tonight. This was a delightful oolong. The scent of the leaves and the flavor of the liquor were different enough for me to take note. The wet leaves have a sweet hay/grass scent. The liquid itself had more sweet, slightly floral characteristics. The mouth feel was buttery. I really enjoyed this.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Grass, Hay, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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412 tasting notes

Of all the BTT samples I ordered, I liked this the best. This is a pleasant oolong with light floral notes, slightly vegetal and an unexpected hint of seaweed. When I took the first sip, I thought my sencha somehow got mixed up with oolong. The grassy undertones dominate the initial infusions and then the sweet, orchid/plum notes begin to emerge. There’s really no mouthfeel to speak of or thickness.

Overall, I thought this tea was okay. It’s a perfectly acceptable high mountain tea but nothing to really get excited about.

Flavors: Orchid, Seaweed, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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