Li Shan
Garden Direct High Mountain Oolong Tea

  • 100g

  • 9 servings
    $1.66 per cup
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Origin: Li Shan, Taiwan
Cultivar: Qingxin
Elevation: 1,800m
Harvest Season: May 2017

A 2017 Garden Direct Series exclusive! This impressive collection features seasonal micro-lots of single-origin teas we source and import directly from artisan tea farmers. Available for a limited time, these handcrafted teas were selected through real time micro-lot tea cuppings during our 2017 origin travels.

In Taiwan, tea gardens situated above 1,000m in elevation are considered to be high mountain growing regions. Li Shan ("Pear Mountain") rises about 1,800m above the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the higher growing regions in all of Taiwan. High elevation, coastal tea gardens experience a greater difference in temperatures and atmospheres between day and night. This dynamic environment stresses the plants, making them hardy and able to produce teas of richly concentrated flavor. In spring, Taiwan's High Mountain Oolongs have thicker, sweeter body and heady hydrosol-based aromatics. 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 an elegant astringency on the palate, with notes of early spring lilac and sweet cream.

Ingredients: Oolong Tea

Li Shan, Taiwan


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Brewing Guidelines:
Water Temperature: 195°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 1 minute, 4+ add 15 seconds per infusion

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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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