From the mountain of Ali Shan, Taiwan, this high altitude wulong is one of our grand classics.
High Mountain Alishan is grown around 1500-2300m above sea level and has a unique flavor described by the growers as floral with a creamy delicacy that spreads across the tongue, leaving a pleasant smooth taste on the palate. As with Dong Ding oolong, the making of this hand picked Alishan oolong tea involves a 7 step process. At the right time, the leaves are pan fried, rolled, dried and then finally baked. The infusion of the leaves is almost magical as they unfurl from their curled ‘cocoon’ like shapes to produce a most delightful light golden liquor, a liquor we’re confident you’ll enjoy. As with most oolongs, the leaves can be infused multiple times, up to 5 times.
Mount Ali is one of the most popular tourist areas in Taiwan. It is rich in scenic beauty and features fresh air and clear mountain passes. The narrow gauge railway built by the Japanese is famous throughout the world.
Wood from Mount Ali is highly prized. Some say it carries the spirit of the mountain, and for this reason is sought after for making ancestral tablets that almost every Taiwanese family possesses.
The oolong tea growing areas are situated between 1000 and 2300 meters in attitude. The high mountain conditions offer plenty of fog and low temperatures which are ideal for oolong tea, and the water used for irrigation is from pure mountain springs.