Alishan Stone Table Premium

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Baked Bread, Butter, Butterscotch, Cream, Cucumber, Custard, Floral, Grass, Green Apple, Honeydew, Kale, Lettuce, Mineral, Narcissus, Nuts, Orchid, Pear, Seaweed, Vanilla, Vegetal, Cookie, Creamy, Roasted nuts, Spicy
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 5 oz / 134 ml

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  • “Here’s another sample sipdown. I finished this one last night. As far as Alishan oolongs go, this one was light in the mouth and very vegetal. Normally, I am not a fan of that style, as I prefer my...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Received a sample of this with my last Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company order. Being a light baked Alishan tea, it was a little different from the greener Taiwanese oolongs I usually drink. I found...” Read full tasting note
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From Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company

“Stone Table” is an area that has some of the best tea gardens on Alishan Mountain, the best-known tea mountain in Taiwan. At the highest elevations of Stone Table is a small plot surrounded by mature trees. It’s really a magical looking place and the kind of place you would expect to find pixies. This tea takes you there and carries a bit of the mist, quietness and curiosity of that place.

Nutty, creamy and good viscosity. We like this Taiwanese High Mountain Oolong. Interestingly, it’s roasted by one of the only female master roasters in all of Taiwan. This tea is lightly roasted.

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Here’s another sample sipdown. I finished this one last night. As far as Alishan oolongs go, this one was light in the mouth and very vegetal. Normally, I am not a fan of that style, as I prefer my high mountain oolongs to be fruity, floral, and sweet, but this tea had tremendous depth. I ended up liking it considerably more than I thought I would.

As usual, I prepared this tea gongfu style. Still reeling from the loss of my favorite 4 ounce gaiwan and cup, I used my 5 ounce easy gaiwan and cup set for this tea. The slow pour did not really help this tea’s longevity, so if I end up ordering more of this, I am going to have to go back to a more traditional gaiwan. After a very brief rinse, I steeped 7 grams of loose tea leaves in 5 ounces of 195 F water for 10 seconds. This infusion was followed by 12 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 12 seconds, 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, I picked up on very light grassy, vegetal aromas from the dry leaves. There was a hint of savory character there too, maybe something like cream or butter. The rinse brought out more savory character. I definitely picked up scents of cream and butter, as well as a much more pronounced vegetal character. There were scents of grass, leaf lettuce, and kale. The first infusion brought out vanilla, baked bread, custard, and some vague floral impressions. In the mouth, I picked up on mild notes of cream, butter, grass, leaf lettuce, kale, bread, and vanilla. Subsequent infusions introduced aromas and flavors of minerals, nuts, cucumber, cilantro, spinach, orchid, daffodil, daylily, daylily shoots, green apple, honeydew, and unripened pear. On a couple of infusions, I also thought I picked up a very distant hint of seaweed. Oh yeah, and the custard showed up on the palate very briefly too. The later infusions were very mild, offering mostly mineral, cream, butter, grass, leaf lettuce, kale, spinach, and cucumber. However, I was able to detect something that reminded me of butterscotch, as well as lingering traces of vanilla and daylily shoots in the background.

Again, this was totally not what I expected from an Alishan oolong. Even though the aromas and flavors were extremely subtle and well-integrated, there was a lot to appreciate here. Once I got over the fact that there were times that this tea reminded me more of a green tea than an oolong, I fell in love with it. It was not much like any other Alishan oolong I have ever tried. Definitely pick this one up if you can.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Butterscotch, Cream, Cucumber, Custard, Floral, Grass, Green Apple, Honeydew, Kale, Lettuce, Mineral, Narcissus, Nuts, Orchid, Pear, Seaweed, Vanilla, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
Daylon R Thomas

You’re reviewing yet another tea I wanted to try lol. Too bad that one is out of stock.

eastkyteaguy

Damn, I thought this tea was still in stock. I should have bought more.

Daylon R Thomas

Wasn’t that a fall/winter harvest anyway? On the flip side, they have a sale of their Alishan High mountain for $14 2 oz if you haven’t had that one. I think that I have, but it has been a really long time.

eastkyteaguy

Yeah, I think this was a fall harvest. I’m a little reticent to try the Alishan because the last batch of it I tried did not do much for me. I find that Beautiful Taiwan does a great job sourcing quality teas, but the stuff they tend to go for is not always what I tend to enjoy. They seem to favor oolongs with very delicate, fresh vegetal character and I’m more interested in creamy, buttery, floral goodness.

Daylon R Thomas

Dido. The reviews on their website are good, but I want some fruit and honey notes in my oolong. I’ve still been mega curious to try the oolongs from Teaful co. They free ship their chapter packets that usually consists of 80 grams made of two blacks, one oolong, and one green-oolong ranged tea for 24.99 and free shipping. A lot of the bloggers on here have recommended them and I want to try them out eventually.

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Received a sample of this with my last Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company order. Being a light baked Alishan tea, it was a little different from the greener Taiwanese oolongs I usually drink. I found this to be right up my alley. It’s got a greener flavor profile and although roasted, the roast is subtle and adds a nice biscuity element that I really enjoyed.

The aroma of this tea resembles a jade oolong. Creamy and fragrant floral with hints of baked bread. Wet leaf aroma is an intriguing mix of florals, roasted nuts, and caramel. The tea brews up to a green liquor with a faint amber hue. Initial steeps have bit a spice from the baking mingled with a juicy sweetness. There’s a savory graham cracker undertone reminiscent of a Ruan Zhi tea I sampled from Verdant. The roast isn’t overbearing nor does it mute the delicate green oolong notes. It just adds a nice tinge of warmth to enhance a good quality Ali Shan. Around the 3rd or 4th steep, the toastiness wears off and it takes on a more green character.

I liked this tea a lot more than I expected to and can see myself ordering some in the future. I think it will appeal to fans of lighter oolongs. It does a great job of preserving the best qualities of Ali Shan while adding a touch of warmth and spice. Another advantage this tea has is once opened, the flavor doesn’t deteriorate as rapidly as green oolongs due to the baking.

Flavors: Cookie, Creamy, Floral, Roasted nuts, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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