Ali Shan

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  • “This tea came my to me by way of an amazing hook-up from Dinosara. Thanks! The drink, coincidentally, has similarities to many of the teas I’ve been trying lately. As it stands, when I see the brew...” Read full tasting note
  • “After my palate was…startled this morning with the pu er I decided to go with a lighter tea this afternoon to calm it back down a bit, and since I had just enough of this for a full cup, I put the...” Read full tasting note
  • “Backlogging from last night. I’m not going to rate just in case it was MY fault this didn’t work out but it didn’t taste like Ali Shan at all to me. And I LOVE Alishan! I’m thinking it was MY...” Read full tasting note
  • “I love Ali Shan! It’s been quite a while since I’ve had Ali Shan, and it is certainly a welcome tea this evening. This Ali Shan has a beautiful creaminess to it, and a sweet honey-like flavor that...” Read full tasting note

From thepuriTea

Our Ali Shan Oolong hails from the famed Ali Shan (a.k.a. “Alishan” or “Ali Mountain”) of Taiwan. It is a high elevation Taiwanese oolong with all the floral, sweet flavors you’d expect of one. Dry and wet, the large leaves emit aromas of clover honey, field grasses and fresh flowers. Ali Shan’s complex flavor profile includes classic floral, honeyed and creamy notes, as well as hints of marine air, clover fields, sage and cracked black pepper. A honeyed finish with suggestions of pepper, menthol and sweet grass and a creamy, sweet second infusion make Ali Shan a tea that can be enjoyed for a long period of time. Try brewing it gong fu style with a leisurely breakfast of sliced green pears, chopped fresh mint and Greek yogurt, or with a dinner of creamy sage-asparagus risotto.

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Our mission is simple: to provide gourmet teas and practical teaware. We source all of our teas and teaware directly from China, Taiwan and India to ensure the maximum quality, value and freshness for our customers. By cutting out the middleman in our selection process, we can pass on savings to our customers and guarantee the quality of each and every one of our products.

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89 tasting notes

Leaves unfolded quickly, and were very full. Color is a green-gold. Aroma is slightly buttery, a bit nutty. Flavor however was very disapointing. Too earthy for an oolong. Something vegetal, but I can’t place it. Slight bitterness on only a 3 minute steep.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I would try the gongfu or flash method of steeping. It tends to help me taste the true flavors of Oolong teas.

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20 tasting notes

The tea has a delicate pear and honey taste without being overpowering in its sweetness, which makes it a decent light tea to start the morning. The steeped tea is light-bodied with a vibrant goldenrod yellow liqueur and a floral, nutty aroma. Brewing the tea surfaces the first impression of a well-rounded, buttery taste. Despite the wonderful aroma of the brewed tea leaves, the tea is surprisingly light in flavor even after steeping for a full 4 minutes. For my full review (with pics!) visit:

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54 tasting notes

4g tea
12 oz water

The tea was surprisingly weak in aromtics and flavor. Maybe i didn’t steep it right. I get a faint sweetness on the nose. The flavor doesn’t delivery much, besides the slight aftertaste seems like warm water. Will have to retry this for a longer steep to see if its repeatable.

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168 tasting notes

On this All Hallows Eve I wanted something buttery, vegetal and creamy and this did not disappoint

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46 tasting notes

This tea totally smells like honey. The taste is really light, a little earthy with more of that honey flavor and creamy. I actually quite like it for breakfast since I don’t like heavy things in the morning, but I see how pairing it with food would overwhelm the light flavor.

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