Harvest Season: December 2018
In Taiwan, tea grown in gardens situated above 1,000m in elevation are designated as Gao Shan Cha, or "High Mountain Tea." The famous region of Shan Lin Xi ranges from 1,500m to over 1,900m in elevation, with dense bamboo groves interwoven between the tea gardens. This selection from the winter harvest offers intriguingly heady aromas with distinctive notes of purple passionfruit, stargazer lily, and hints of jackfruit and yuzu. It is a bit fruitier than our Da Yu Lin selection from the same season. Gao Shan Cha is produced in two harvest seasons. The winter harvest is celebrated for having a delicate body with unique aromatic performance emphasizing essential oils. The spring harvest delivers a more balanced body with hydrosol-based aromas. In either season, we select just one or two spectacular micro-lots that demonstrate the most vibrant aromatic complexity for traditional enjoyment.
Intriguingly heady aromas emerge from the pale yellow infusion with distinctive notes of purple passionfruit, stargazer lily, and hints of jackfruit and yuzu.
or clay teapot 20% with tealeaves
Water Temperature: 195°F
Steep Time: 1 minute
2nd infusion: 30 seconds
3rd infusion: 1 minute
4+ add 15 seconds per infusion
Gaiwan Brewing from Rishi Tea on YouTube.
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.