Alishan Cing Xin High Mountain Winter Oolong Tea, Lot 258

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 7 oz / 200 ml

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This beautiful scenic area of central Taiwan, which is also classified as a Natural Reserve, produces one of the most well known and referenced teas to define the Gao Shan (high mountain) taste of Taiwanese oolongs. Our Alishan Oolong is from Shi Zhou area in Chiayi County. The gardens are situated at a slightly lower elevation than the highly rated Lishan, Dayuling and Shanlinxi areas. This allows growers to use a variety of tea plants successfully. Cing Xin varietals dominate, like in the case of this tea, but Jin Xuan strives as well (see our Alishan Jin Xuan) and give magnificent teas. This township has a soil structure that is more gravelly and layered in shale and has numerous gardens that produce fragrant, well balanced teas that are pleasant and mellow with a well defined sweetness. This 2013 winter offering is one of our highlights of the season. Now we know why Mr. Gao had a smile on his face when he greeted us to sample his teas. We can attest that the splendor of Mr. Gao’s winter oolongs is back! This season, we’ve selected a tea that has undergone a slightly more accentuated oxidation which bring out the mellow fruity sweetness of the tea while still retaining its heady floral notes. We simply can’t stop drinking it… It’s quite addictive.

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1379 tasting notes

This is a rather stemmy Oolong with an average size of medium/small.

Colour is dark green with some dark brown and green flashes amongst them.
On the whole the balls have a sweet Lily Of The Valley perfumed aroma that is lightly fresh and almost misty.

Brewing Information
- Gongfu Teapot 200ml
- 5g Oolong
- 90 C water temp

First steep – 1 minute
Pale yellow in colour with a very subtle floral scent. Light floral taste with sweetness and touch of green grass. Also hint of milk.

Second Steep – 2 minutes
Stronger flavour (though still fairly light). Remains floral, this time with some baked wood type after taste. Also very perfumed as it finishes, not dry and thick but rather sweet and fresh.
Still reminds me of Lily of The Valley.

Third Steep – 3 minutes
The Oolong leaves are now fully open. Burnt yellow tea colour. Now rather thick though still very floral. Not as sweet as the previous steeps but it’s still got that baked/almost mature feel. Almost thick enough to be Jasmine like.

I think I will carry on with steeps until I’m satisfied it’s completely spent. Husband likes it a lot and I have to agree with him, it was a nice floral Oolong. Perhaps not my favourite and it may not be completely memorable months down the line but for now it’s a wonderful (and needed) treat. Aids my Final Fantasy X play very well :)

Flavors: Flowers

195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

Love Final Fantasy X!


It’s epic! FF7 is my favourite game of all time. Playing FFX as my husband got the sudden urge to play it again, I couldn’t complain :)


I still have Cloud Strife wall scrolls.


That is super cool!

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