Ali Shan is a beautiful green oolong tea grown in the mountains of Taiwan, where high altitude slows plant growth, concentrating in its leaves great complexity and flavor. Its aroma is buttery and intoxicating floral, reminiscent of lilacs, the mark of an excellent green oolong. The golden-green liquor yields a layered, almost creamy cup, with notes of sweet honeysuckle and a whisper of a dry finish. Our Formosa Ali Shan may be steeped many times. Harvest: Spring 2019.
Oolong Tea | Moderate caffeine | Steep at 195° for 4 minutes.
Legend has it that tea farmers from Fujian province, looking for greener mountains, so to speak, sailed the straits to a beautiful island of lush green mountains where they plied their trade profitably and securely. Since the 1980s, however, the focus has been on its singular oolongs processed into a nearly intoxicating array of buttery, honeysuckle sweet teas. Ali Shan is grown near Taiwan at high altitudes that slow the trees’ growth. The result is a leaf of deep complexity that is processed as a lightly oxidized green oolong. The flavor is totally satisfying with multiple infusions the norm.
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I have tried to steep this tea more than once, but it turns out very weak. Any suggestions?