Shan Lin Xi
Garden Direct High Mountain Oolong Tea

  • 100g

  • 9 servings
    $1.66 per cup
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Origin: Shan Lin, Taiwan
Cultivar: Qingxin
Elevation: 1,500m
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. Shan Lin Xi is situated at about 1,500m above the Pacific Ocean. 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.



Tasting Notes: This micro-lot from Shan Lin Xi is full of mango, macerated strawberry with subtle top notes of sweet cinnamon and eucalyptus.

Ingredients: Oolong tea.

Shan Lin Xi, 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 30 seconds, 3rd infusion 1 minute, 4+ infusions add 15 seconds per infusion

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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