Pear Mountain Oolong (Snow Pick)

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Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Alcohol, Blueberry, Butter, Butternut Squash, Cake, Coffee, Floral, Kale, Lettuce, Lime, Menthol, Milk, Peas, Sweet, Thick, Vanilla, Vegetal
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “The snow pick is least like a green tea among all 4 of them. together with the fall pick, they have the thickest mouthfeel. It is the most reminiscent of Tie Guan Yin. I find it to be very complex,...” Read full tasting note
    86
  • “I finished this one off last night with a friend, and I never quite got the same notes no matter how consistent or different my brewing styles were. Gong fu cha in my shiboridashi yielded an influx...” Read full tasting note
    90

From Mountain Stream Teas

This rarest of teas is one that is usually ‘farmers only’. Picked just as the first frosts put the tea trees to sleep at the start of winter, the crisp, freshness of this tea is world class. Due to the small quantity and difficulty of making this tea, so is the price however! If this is your first time sampling our high mountain oolongs it might be best to start with a cheaper pick like fall or spring. If you are already a connoisseur of the tea of the high mountains of Taiwan, this tea is a real treat! As it is oxidized in much cooler conditions than other teas it will need a few more steeps than other teas with very hot water to get going, but once it does you will not be disappointed!

Elevation: 2000m
Status: Certified Organic
Cultivar: QinXin
Oxidization: 25%
Season: Snow 2017
Method: Hand picked, processed on site, very small batch
Region: Lishan(Pear Mountain), Nantou

Recommend Brewing Style:

Gong Fu Style: 3-5g per 100ml, ~100C water, 30, 45, 60 then add 5-10 seconds steeps in gaiwan. Lasts 6-7 steeps.

Western Style: 3g per 100ml, ~100c water for 3 minutes. Lasts 2-3 steeps.

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2 Tasting Notes

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The snow pick is least like a green tea among all 4 of them. together with the fall pick, they have the thickest mouthfeel. It is the most reminiscent of Tie Guan Yin. I find it to be very complex, although maybe not as tasty as fall.

There are a lot of elusive notes, the likes of vanilla, sugarpeas, spaghetti squash, milk, lime, coffee, blueberry leaves. The taste is very delicate and crisp, with mostly sweet, floral and vegetal qualities. On top of that, there is a light alcohol character of the aftertaste. Apart from the complexity, the smooth, velvety is the highlight.

Once I also tried a 20 min long simmer at the end of the session. It was not spectacular, but interesting for sure. It smells like stewed kale, butter and a cake of sorts. The taste is lighter than I expected, but it has new notes of menthol and lettuce. The mouthfeel is lubricating and thick with no astringency.

Flavors: Alcohol, Blueberry, Butter, Butternut Squash, Cake, Coffee, Floral, Kale, Lettuce, Lime, Menthol, Milk, Peas, Sweet, Thick, Vanilla, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I finished this one off last night with a friend, and I never quite got the same notes no matter how consistent or different my brewing styles were. Gong fu cha in my shiboridashi yielded an influx of buttery corn bread notes accented by osmanthus and lilac, and then passed into a floral crescando of honeysuckle, osmanthus, lilac, and then ended with some faint honey hints and lime hints in the end. Western had more honeysuckle notes, with fresh greens, collards, and lime zest barely in the accents. There were times were it was more sweet like butterscotch, and times more vegetal. I’ve gotten more fresh notes like sugarcane and watercress with a very small amount of leaves western. Butter, lilac, honeysuckle, osmanthus, and lime zest reoccurred the most in flavor.

This was almost my favorite of the sampler because it was fairly versatile. I did occasionally have some astringency here and then reminiscent of a sheng because of how I brewed it, but it was definitely oolong and on the greener side. I’d recommend this for those looking to get a cheaper alternative for a snow pick. I’ve coveted others for a heavier price, and this one was different enough to stand out from previous Li Shan’s I’ve had. Rating for me personally as a result of the occasional astringency is between 88 and 92

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