Lishan High Mountain Spirit Oolong tea, Lot 230

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 3 oz / 85 ml

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Lishan teas could very well be the best high mountain teas of Taiwan. The Lishan tea area sits majestically on the central ridge at altitudes ranging from 1500 m to 2400 m The average yearly temperature is below 20 degrees and frost can be experienced in the winter time. Tea grows at a slow pace therefore production is limited to only 2 crops a year. Owing to the particular climate and terroir, Lishan tea is rich in catechin which reduced the bitter and harsh elements in the liquor. The higher theanine and soluble nitrogen content contributes in heightening the compelling exotic sweetness of this tea. It is truly a unique tea coming from a uniquely rich soil and growing in the best natural conditions one can find. This particular High Mountain Spirit tea is produced by Mr. Gao, a member of the Atayal Nation that populated the island and these mountains way before the Chinese laid foot on them. No other Lishan tea shines with the same purity and authenticity as this one. His Spring 2013 offering is one of the cleanest tasting teas we’ve experienced in a long time! It’s a must for all oolong enthusiast.

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The dry leaves smell wonderful, and the infused ones show the skill of the plucker. The brewed liquor is very nice indeed — sweet, floral, creamy — though not as long-lasting as I would expect from a tea of this price.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 3:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m in the mood for some more Oolong, something to put my mind at ease for tomorrows doctors visit. I’m having my first cervical screening tomorrow, I’ve had scans of an intimate nature done before but those were to show my ovaries are in the wrong area and that I couldn’t have kids. My mum had cervical cancer as did my nan and my aunt so honestly I’m preparing myself for the worst, but since my husband had testicular cancer a few years ago I agreed to be on time for any intimate scan. Promises are promises but I’m sure you girls know how nervous it can be. And the guys are probably cringing lol.

Anyway focus on Oolong, my good old friend Oolong. Taiwan Tea Crafts still has this one in stock so I can read some information on it. “No other Lishan tea shines with the same purity and authenticity as this one.” Ooohhh that sounds promising :) “produced by Mr. Gao, a member of the Atayal Nation”.

The balls are a nice size with a rough average of 4mm. They are a mixture of two dark greens. They smell sweet and floral, like geranium perfume. Also getting a buttery scent.

Water : 3oz / 85ml 194℉ / 90℃
7 Grams Tea
8 steeps : rinse,25s,25s,30s,40s,60s,90s,120s,180s
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds

First Steep – 25 seconds
Mild, sweet, floral and mineral. Like mild geranium water spray.

Second Steep – 25 seconds
Toasted geranium and grass with a honeyed after taste.

Third Steep – 30 seconds
Very sweet and floral but more perfumed and dry. Yet still clean tasting.

Fourth Steep – 40 seconds
Very perfumed and florally thick but also more grassy. Heavy perfume after taste.

Fifth Steep – 60 seconds
Still perfumed and geranium like but remains pure and sweet.

Sixth Steep – 90 seconds
It’s still think and carrying on it’s flavour very well. It’s still thick yet with no astringency and the geranium is still fresh and sweet.

Seventh Steep – 120 seconds
Softer than the previous steeps but still very floral and clean.

Eighth Steep – 180 seconds
Very soft and back to the strength of the first steep. Buttery and sweet once more.

It tasted like spring water with flowers inside rather than a tea and it was very refreshing yet flavourful. I had high hopes and it raised the bar to be possibly the best Li Shan I have tried. It had little dryness despite being heavily perfumed and it left a beautiful after taste, I feel like I’ve breathed in spring!

195 °F / 90 °C 7 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

I hope everything goes well for you tomorrow! Glad you have some nice tea to comfort you. Sending good thoughts!


I hope all goes well tomorrow, too. And hey—the idea of anyone poking around our nether-regions is anxiety-inducing. Hopefully it’s over quickly.


Positive thoughts for a positive outcome. And you get to be anxious – I don’t think that’s anyone’s idea of a good time.


You’re very wise to be evaluated and to keep all follow-up appointments given your maternal family history. Hopefully, your father’s side of the family reduces your risk. We’ll be praying for a good outcome.


Thank you everyone! I can happily report that everything is over and done with now and my results will be in two weeks, though she said from her point of view everything looked healthy. As an added treat my new gaiwan tea set arrived and I love it. Will use it in a bit when I’m up to it.


Excellent! You should reward yourself for having done what’s medically prudent to maintain your long-term health. Perhaps dinner out or a very special tea in your new beautiful gongfu tea set?


I may stick to the tea for tonight as tomorrow night I’m having a meal and some drinks as part of a hen party (which I don’t want to go to but have no option to back out). I’ve been on my Oolong recently so I may find space for some more to open and sample as my treat :)


You should definitely treat yourself!

I typically have black tea for breakfast. However, I’m running low on black teas samples. How are oolong, green & white teas for breakfast?


Green teas are rather good to have in the morning, Japanese greens in particular have a strange effect on me and I end up skipping all day and being happy. I think the idea is to have green teas highly concentrated in the morning so that the impact of caffeine is larger for the extra boost. Oolong and whites I find too relaxing in the morning but they would work well on weekends or days off. I tend to mostly go by what I feel like that morning, sometimes my first cup isn’t until lunch time.


Pap smear tests are offered to all women between 20-something and 50-something every few years here. It’s a preventative routine screening.


Yet it’s surprising how many women ‘forget’ to go all because of a little embarrassment. I know about it well as cervical and ovarian cancer run in my family.

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