Alishan (Meishan District) Spring 2020

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Butter, Citrus, Cookie, Creamy, Floral, Grass, Herbaceous, Honey, Honeysuckle, Narcissus, Spinach, Vegetal
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Average preparation
Boiling 6 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “This is my second Tillerman Tea review (the first was posted during the Steepster website mess). I bought a sample of this tea to compare it to their premium Alishan. Following their brewing times,...” Read full tasting note
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This Alishan by Lin Zhao-Huang is grown in the Meishan (Plum Mountain) District of Chaiyi County. This is the area where gaoshan gardens were first established in Taiwan. Its great price point makes it good choice as an everyday drinker or for those just learning about gaoshan (high mountain) tea. It has balanced acidity and noticeable length. The tea liquor is clear and bright. The tea has a very fragrant nose and a bright finish. The tea has a very light roast.

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This is my second Tillerman Tea review (the first was posted during the Steepster website mess). I bought a sample of this tea to compare it to their premium Alishan. Following their brewing times, I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at boiling for 20, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The dry aroma is of heady flowers, cookies, and grass. The first steep has notes of honeysuckle, lilac, daffodil, grass, butter, spinach, and cookies. The second steep is even more floral, though with some vegetal flavours. I also get honey and an herbaceous aftertaste. The herbaceous notes get stronger in the next couple steeps, but so, unfortunately, does the spinach and grass, with the honey, cookie, and florals fading into the background. A hint of citrus appears in the lingering aftertaste. (I think these long aftertastes are becoming a theme for Tillerman’s tea selection.) The end of the session is vegetal, creamy, and floral.

As the website claims, this is a straightforward tea that provides a good introduction to high mountain oolongs. I kind of wish it had more complexity, but will gladly finish my 12 g sample. I also wish the website gave timing instructions for more than the first two steeps, as I feel it might have done better with different brewing parameters.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Cookie, Creamy, Floral, Grass, Herbaceous, Honey, Honeysuckle, Narcissus, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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