Shan Lin Xi
High Mountain Oolong Tea

  • 100g

  • 9 servings
    $1.66 per cup
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Elevation: 1,500m
Cultivar: Qingxin
Harvest Season: December 2016

The Shan Lin Xi mountainous growing area in central Taiwan has rich and stable red soils, which are said to be the foundation for the amazing fruity and floral aromatics that make Shan Lin Xi teas so treasured by high mountain oolong connoisseurs. In this micro-lot, the tea maker demonstrated Gongfu (skill) by employing a very light oxidation, so as to tease out and preserve the delicately sweet flowery aromas of freesia and stargazer lily. Store this tea with care by keeping away from strong spices and by carefully removing the excess air from the bag when you reseal. (We like to roll the bag down tightly and seal with a binder clip). Practice your own Gongfu by brewing with a porcelain or celadon gaiwan for the most luscious aromatic experience, and the ability to savor this tea over the course of at least seven brief infusions.

Tasting Notes: This micro-lot from Shan Lin Xi has a light, refreshing body and a pale jade infusion with delicately sweet aromas of freesia blossoms and stargazer lily.

Ingredients: Oolong tea.

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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

Guywan Brewing from Rishi Tea on Vimeo.

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 12, 2017
Chicago, IL United States
Fresh, floral and delicate. In my opinion, the Li Shan was better because it was more buttery and had a fuller body with more flavor, but this is still well within 5 star territory. Well worth the $25 per 100 grams, especially if you prefer your teas sweeter and more delicate.

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By Elph on February 7, 2014
Ann Arbor, AL United States
Really enjoying this tea! Using a gaiwan, enough tea to cover the bottom plus a little, 180 degree water. Infusions of a minute or two. Flavor stays consistent through multiple steepings. Whole leaves, on stem, all the way down to 4th leaf (called souchang?).Nice finish - sweet note arising and lingering.

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