Taiwan 'Shan Lin Xi' Light-Roasted High Mountain Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Creamy, Floral, Honey, Menthol, Stonefruits, Sweet, Green, Herbaceous
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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  • “Another awesome What-Cha oolong. After the rinse, the leaves smelled of a wonderful aroma of light roast, sweet honey, some unique notes already stated in the previous great reviews. The aroma...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “Such a lovely and delicate tea. Sweet floral fragrance accompanied by a light herbal medicinal note. Produces a light golden liquor with a greenish tint. It’s thick and coats the mouth. The taste...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “Below is my review from What-Cha’s website. I’ve since spent some more time with this tea. “Special tea. Very nice, large rolled leaves that were handled well. This tea has a very rounded profile...” Read full tasting note
    96
  • “A tea deserves at least a 90 from me when I crave its flavor, and a few extra points when I want to designate it as morning tea. I know that a lot of people choose something brisk to wake them up,...” Read full tasting note
    92

From What-Cha

An expertly light roasted oolong which has a lovely honey sweet lingering taste coupled with balsam notes.

Tasting Notes:
- Smooth texture
- Lingering honey sweet taste
- Balsam notes

Harvest: Spring 2017

Origin: Shan Lin Xi, Nantou County, Taiwan
Altitude: 1,600m
Farmer: Chen Family
Sourced: Specialist Taiwanese wholesaler

Cultivar: Qing Xin
Oxidisation: 15-20%
Roast: Lightly roasted multiple times
Picking: Hand

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 95°C/203°F
- Use 1 teaspoon per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 2-3 minutes

Packaging: Resealable ziplock bag

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5 Tasting Notes

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292 tasting notes

Another awesome What-Cha oolong. After the rinse, the leaves smelled of a wonderful aroma of light roast, sweet honey, some unique notes already stated in the previous great reviews. The aroma alone can put it on another level. It’s lovely. Light amber liquor also with a unique aroma.

Very smooth, sweet and creamy, a fragrant roast but light toasty roast with floral, honey and stonefruit notes. Long lasting natural honey sweet finish. Thick. The balsam menthol is very nice and makes it quite unique.

gaiwan, 6g, 203°F, 110ml, rinse, 7 steeps: 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 85s

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Honey, Menthol, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
derk

Do you have a recent harvest of this? I think mine is from 2017. Curious how they compare. I absolutely love this oolong.

Kawaii433

I have the Spring 2018 harvest. I can send some to you. :D

derk

You know, I think I’ll take you up on that, thanks! Moving tomorrow, so I’ll message you when I’m settled.

Kawaii433

Yay. Sounds good!

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65 tasting notes

Such a lovely and delicate tea. Sweet floral fragrance accompanied by a light herbal medicinal note. Produces a light golden liquor with a greenish tint. It’s thick and coats the mouth. The taste is a combination of sweet, creamy floral notes, very light herbal green bitterness and a minty cooling sensation in the throat. The sweet flowery aftertaste lingers for a long time. (I wonder what flower this is.)

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Green, Herbaceous, Honey, Menthol, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 6 OZ / 190 ML

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Below is my review from What-Cha’s website. I’ve since spent some more time with this tea.

“Special tea. Very nice, large rolled leaves that were handled well. This tea has a very rounded profile so I’m having a difficult time picking out the distinct aromas in the dry and wet leaf. Haven’t tried the recommended brewing parameter yet but brewed in a gaiwan, the liquor is incredible. I taste a very light roast, florals, unripe peach, medicinal wood, and it’s quite sweet like a light honey. There’s a wonderful menthol that might be imperceptible if you don’t savor the tea or if you drink it with food. The menthol lightly lines my mouth and I notice it most near my sinuses. Overall, a very delightful, balanced tea. I’m very grateful to have tried this Shan Lin Xi and hope to purchase more.”

Addendum:

As is it turns out, the menthol became really pronounced in later steeps. Not so much in taste but in feel. I happen to love this; others may not. This tea makes me sweat and I was exuding a minty coolness from my armpits and chest. Like washing up with some peppermint Dr. Bronner’s soap.

This tea just keeps on giving, too. When I thought the brew might be over, I pushed it.
This was my first experience with a shanlinxi and I’ve read that they generally have a butteriness, which in retrospect I totally missed. Upon pushing the last few steeps, the butter became very pronounced and I know it’s an odd descriptor but it was chewy.

I feel like I lack the experience to adequately describe this tea. Probably easier for a well seasoned taster but I can still say I love its complex well roundedness and its longevity. Not an absolute beginner’s tea.

Bought up what I could. I hope whoever else gets their hands on the remaining amount finds it as pleasurable as I did.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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1110 tasting notes

A tea deserves at least a 90 from me when I crave its flavor, and a few extra points when I want to designate it as morning tea.

I know that a lot of people choose something brisk to wake them up, but the earthy tones and honeyed tang coax me to alert my senses and appreciate the subtler profiles. This mornings brew was more subdued than I’ve had it before. I got the heather honey, something like grilled pineapple, and a smooth texture, but I tasted a little bit more mineral that I was not expecting. Vague florals coated my tongue midsip that reminded me more of a Ba Xian, and I was not sure how to place them. If I could taste colors, I got an orange amber and purple despite the liqour’s tawny hue. Was I tasting lily? I don’t know. When the florals end in the honey note, it has a little bit of a violet effect amidst an earthier background from the light roast.

I hope that my notes aren’t too much of an actual exaggeration. Some are repetitive. I could interchange grilled pineapple and heather honey as the same note for example, albeit the char subtleties gave me the idea of grilled pineapple and the floral mix in a dark sweet end gave me heather honey. Nevertheless, this is a satisfying tea for my mornings, and one that I can see more experienced drinkers playing with for the flavor profiles.

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