Yu Shan High Mountain Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Butter, Caramel, Brown Sugar, Floral, Orchids, Pastries
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Caffeine
Low
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec 6 g 6 oz / 178 ml

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  • “Yesterday, courtesy of Lulu and George of Sanne Tea, I brewed Yu Shan High Mountain Oolong tea Western style: 6.5 g / 8 oz. / 212*F / 2 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream. Intro.: From the...” Read full tasting note
  • “I also got this sample from Lulu a couple of weeks ago – apologies for the delay in this write-up and in my completion of the survey! I didn’t want to have it after work and not really appreciate...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I got this sample awhile back but got raging allergies for the first time in my life, followed 4 days later by a vicious 4 day stomach bug that basically kept me tea free for nearly two weeks...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I got this sample in the mail last week from Lulu. Thanks Lulu. I filled out the online questionnaire at surveymonkey. According to the info card on this tea, it’s from a farm on Yu Shan Mountain...” Read full tasting note
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From Sanne Tea

Yu Shan (Jade Mountain, 玉山) is the tallest mountain in East Asia with a height of 13,000 ft. above sea level. This area is one of the most remote wilderness regions in Taiwan. Yu Shan Oolong is among the top grades of oolong tea, and the production quantity is very limited, especially in the spring season.

The tea farm is located at 1,600 meters above sea level, near the piedmont side of Jade Mountain in Xinyi Township, Nantou County. The tea farmer has grown tea there for 30 years. All teas from his farm are handpicked and made by his family.

The farmer provides two flavors of tea: yellow package with light smoky flavor and purple package with caramel flavor.

Style of tea High Mountain Oolong Tea
Harvest date April, 2013
Oxidation level 8%-18%
Roasting Level Medium
Location Jade Mountain, Xinyi Township, Nantou County
Picking Style Hand Picked
Cultivar Chin Shin Oolong
Farm Elevation 1600 meters

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Yesterday, courtesy of Lulu and George of Sanne Tea, I brewed Yu Shan High Mountain Oolong tea Western style: 6.5 g / 8 oz. / 212*F / 2 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream.

Intro.: From the artistic Asian-themed packaging and presentation one gets the impression that this is a very special Oolong that was crafted with great care and pride. Per the enclosed info card, Yu Shan “is among the top grades of Oolong tea.” This hand-picked (April, 2013) and family-made Oolong is grown on the tallest mountain in East Asia, Jade Mountain – “one of the most remote wilderness regions in Taiwan.” With such a growing environment, it’s not surprising that this tea has passed pesticide residue testing. This is very good news for those who are health conscious. Not every tea can pass such rigorous testing.

Leaves: Green balls with some stems
Fragrance: Roasted green tea with a very pleasing floral sent
Color: Light golden yellow
Aroma: Roasted green tea with a very pleasing floral sent
Flavor: Medium roasted with an underlying flavor that reminded me of green tea with a rich caramel buttery-smooth taste.

2-min.: Even though this tea is a light golden color, 8 oz. of it is surprisingly rich, buttery-smooth, warm, and very relaxing. Add to that, the caramel flavor and the very pleasing and potent floral aroma and you have a very captivating tea experience! There was no astringency or bitterness. Sanne Tea’s Yu Shan High Mountain Oolong made an excellent first impression for a tea lover like me who has no previous experience with such high quality Oolong teas.

3-min. resteep: similar to the previous cup but with some bitterness. This cup reminded me of Gunpowder Green tea. The dry green balls were now unfurled into full unbroken leaves. Perhaps 3-min. was too long for the first resteep. The brewing instructions didn’t provided resteeping recommendations.

Impression: A very rich, refined, and very captivating Oolong tea experience!

Thanks to Lulu and George of Sanne Tea for this gracious sample.

Suggestions:
Please consider adding:
1. Complete Western and Gongfu brewing information on the package:
grams / ounces / temp. / time and brewing times for each resteep.
2. Organic certifications, EUROFINS compliance, or webpage of pesticide residue test reports to the packaging.

Method:
RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39532-puregen-aptera-alkamag-water-filter
http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/37731-my-weigh-durascale-d2-660-digital-scale
Brewed western-style conveniently using a digital variable-temp electric kettle in a tempered tea mug with a brew basket:
http://steepster.com/teaware/bonavita/39130-1-liter-variable-temperature-digital-electric-gooseneck-kettle
http://steepster.com/teaware/royal-albert/45581-old-country-roses-afternoontea-mugs
http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/29177-finum-brewing-basket
http://steepster.com/teaware/teavana/39312-perfect-preset-tea-timer

Flavors: Butter, Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 6 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I also got this sample from Lulu a couple of weeks ago – apologies for the delay in this write-up and in my completion of the survey! I didn’t want to have it after work and not really appreciate it, so I’ve kept the sample safe until I had a good opportunity to actually enjoy it – today was that day! :D

After breakfast, my brother and I sat down to enjoy this tea – and it really was very lovely! :D The dry leaves smelled wonderful; pastries, flowers, brown sugar… Lovely! :D

I brought down my beloved Verdant gaiwan and set about this tea – as the sample came in to around 6g, I opted to use the whole sample and just do really short, fairly hot steeps. And I think it worked fantastically.

The resultant tea was smooth, creamy, and delicious – it had a wonderfully thick mouthfeel and really intense flavours of orchids and pastries, the flavours I most enjoy in Taiwanese High-Mountain oolongs. Five steeps later, and around ten seconds per infusion was enough; each cup was intense and flavoursome, without any bitterness and very, very low astringency. We’ll keep drinking this throughout the day, that’s for sure.

This oolong really was very, very delicious. I have only positive things to say about it! :D Perhaps, when my stash runs down, I shall turn to Sanne Tea for some more.

I should also comment on the packaging: it came in a lovely sealed foil bag, within a beautifully labelled little green envelope-thing. The information card, too, that the tea came with was wonderful – lots of information about the growing/cultivation of the tea, about the location of origin, about the farmer, and about the tea itself (in terms of harvest date, oxidation, roasting etc.).

Wonderful! :D Thanks so much for this Lulu; I’m really grateful for the opportunity to try this sample of your delicious tea :D

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Floral, Orchids, Pastries

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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I got this sample awhile back but got raging allergies for the first time in my life, followed 4 days later by a vicious 4 day stomach bug that basically kept me tea free for nearly two weeks total!

I am glad I waited until I was totally well to drink this- it is beautifully fragrant. It is floral but also creamy and lasts for 3 solid steeps western style, but could conceivably do another. Lovely for a chilly spring day!

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I got this sample in the mail last week from Lulu. Thanks Lulu. I filled out the online questionnaire at surveymonkey.

According to the info card on this tea, it’s from a farm on Yu Shan Mountain , the tallest mountain in East Asia with a height of 13,000 ft. This tea is considered among the top grades of oolong tea and the production is very limited.

This a medium roast oolong. It brews up a dark golden colour. A wonderful floral aroma to this tea with a smokey roasted flavour. It’s smooth with a hint of buttery flavour underneath the roast. My 2nd cup has a little bit of bitterness in it but that’s only because I oversteeped the 2nd infusion just a bit. There were plenty of leaves in the gaiwan that were just uncurling in the first infusion and on the 2nd I should have kept the time short.

On to the 3rd infusion. Kept this one really short: 1 min and it’s excellent. The roasted flavour is toned down a bit. No bitterness at all. Still a wonderful floral aroma. I could probably keep going on this tea. There’s plenty of flavour in those leaves.

Sannetea_Lulu

Thank you for your tea review! :D

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