Li Shan
High Mountain Oolong Tea

  • 100g

  • 9 servings
    $1.66 per cup
  • Out of Stock
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  • Origin
  • Brewing Guidelines

Elevation: 1,800m
Cultivar: Qingxin
Harvest Season: December 2016

This seasonal Gao Shan Cha (High Mountain Oolong) tea from Li Shan ("Pear Mountain") in Taiwan has a rich fruity character and a medium-bodied, golden yellow infusion. We selected this micro-lot from Li Shan in order to provide a subtle contrast with our selection from Shan Lin Xi. This year's Li Shan offers a slightly more full-bodied infusion with a rich, fruity, sweet dewy fragrance. This comes from a very delicate baking that was applied to the tea at the end of its process, so as to tease out subtly caramelized notes of ripe fruits and even hints of roasted or grilled pineapple. Our selection from Shan Lin Xi, on the other hand, focuses on a more delicate oxidation with little baking aroma, thus preserving more ethereal flowery aromas. Focus on short infusion times, and savor the evolving flavor of the tea as the leaves gradually open up from one infusion to the next. Li Shan, located in north-central Taiwan, is a popular mountain for Gao Shan Cha known for its very balanced teas offering both smooth sweetness and interesting floral and fruity aromas.



Tasting Notes: This year's selection from Li Shan is medium-bodied and presents a lush fruity aroma with notes of lychee, grilled pineapple, and hints of orchids.

Ingredients: Oolong Tea

Li Shan, Taiwan


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Brewing Guidelines:
Water Temperature: 190°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: Fill 25% of a porcelain guywan with tea
Steep Times: 1st infusion 1 minute, 2nd infusion 20 seconds, 3rd infusion 50 seconds, subsequent infusions about 2 minutes

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For the best infusions, we recommend brewing this tea in a Guywan.

We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tea leaves and the length of the steep time to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.
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By Benjamin Brill on February 1, 2017
Chicago, IL United States
Rich, buttery sweetness and a smooth mouth feel. The leaves generally brew about 5 times, so make sure you brew in as small a vessel as possible. Also, the leaves expand like crazy, so I would advise against filling your gaiwan more than 30% full.

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By Terry Travers-Davin on January 27, 2017
Easton, MD United States
Li Shan High Mountain Oolong from Rishi is without a doubt the most delicious oolong tea I have ever tasted. And what is even better is that, with each subsequent brewing, the delicious taste remains. I have been able to get 5 delicious cups of tea from just one brewing using only a teaspoon of Li Shan Oolong. Amazing! Delicious and affordable!

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By Alex Strick van Linschoten on April 1, 2016
Berlin, Germany, AL United States
Despite the fact that there wasn't much tea in the packet, I'm on my fourth brewing from these leaves and it's still going strong with great taste. I'm impressed!

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By Alex Strick van Linschoten on April 1, 2016
Berlin, Germany, AL United States
This has a very rich umami flavour to it. And Rishi are correct in that the fruitiness is really strongly brought out. This is a really satisfying cup of tea. You get the savouries and the bitters, but also the smell and the complexity from the fruit being brought into the mix. My only detraction is that there's only 50g of this tea in each pack, so it will most likely get used up very quickly!

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By Dorota on February 3, 2016
Schaumburg, AL United States
I have been drinking a lot of very good tea all my life, but this one is absolutely one of the best. This is why:
* delicate yet lingering orchard flavor with flowery notes
*nice lite yet balanced oxidation
*extremely smooth

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By Ryan on August 29, 2013
Los Angeles, AL United States
Lots of nuance and flavor which creates a truly enjoyable tea session. So far I've been steeping at 1 gram/oz and initially steeping for 2.5 minutes at around 195 F. Creates a really lovely flavor profile, with lots of complexity and wondrous subtlety. I'll continue to experiment on ways to brew this excellent tea that's a joy to drink and ponder. Appreciative for the good pricing that Rishi offers for this fine tea.

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