Taiwan is known around the world for its outstanding oolongs. Locally, teas grown over 1000m elevation are classified as "High Mountain" and are extremely prized. Due to thin air at high altitudes, the growth is slower and the yield is lower, but the result is truly exceptional.
During our sourcing trip to Taiwan, we were welcomed in by a family in Alishan that has been producing high mountain oolong for over 30 years. From picking and withering, to tossing, frying and rolling, the family let me witness and experience the entire 48 hour process. With a picturesque "sea of clouds" or Yunhai rolling in at various times throughout the day, bringing moisture to the tea plants, the scene was ever-evolving in the Alishan hills. The taste and depth of this handcrafted Oolong reflects this complex and beautiful ecosystem.
We've selected a lighter roast level to showcase the fresh, high mountain taste. For those who enjoy savory green teas, this is one to try! Taste the vegetal, roasted notes that are typical of a green tea, but the depth of an Oolong and a clean finish that is characteristically high mountain. We love to drink this tea in the afternoon when craving a healthy, savory snack - think kale chips and wok-fried greens.
Sourced directly from a tea farm in Alishan, Taiwan.
- CATEGORY Oolong tea
- NET WT 50g
- PICKED Nov 2018 (Winter harvest)
- ORIGIN Alishan, Taiwan | 1350m Elevation | The Deng Family
- LEAF Qingxin Varietal | 1 bud 3-4 leaves
- CRAFT Picked, withered, tossed, fried, ball-rolled & lightly charcoal-baked
- NOTES Vegetal, Roasted Chestnut, Clean Finish
- BENEFITS Rich in minerals and vitamins
- CAFFEINE Yes
We recommend brewing in a Gaiwan for this tea, but it can also be enjoyed Western style.
- Chinese Brew (Gaiwan): 4g | 150ml | 95°C | 1 min | +20 sec for additional brews | Can steep ~ 6 times
- Western Brew (Mug / Teapot): 5g | 350ml | 95°C | 2 min | + 1 min for additional brews | Can steep ~ 3 times
- Cold-Brew (Pitcher): 12g | 750ml | Room temp | 8 hours in fridge | Strain & serve with ice
The tea master behind this High Mountain Oolong, Mr. Deng, and his wife, son and daughter were incredibly hospitable and proud to share their craft. Mr Deng is self taught and learned the art of tea making 30 years ago, and is now training his son and daughter how to master the craft.
Due to its high elevation, high mountain oolong is said to contain a high degree of minerals and vitamins, providing wonderful health benefits.