Tea: Ali Shan
Type: Oolong Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Description: Our Ali Shan Oolong hails from the famed Ali Shan (a.k.a. “Alishan” or “Ali Mountain”) of Taiwan. It is a high elevation Taiwanese oolong with all the floral, sweet flavors you’d expect of one. Dry and wet, the large leaves emit aromas of clover honey, field grasses and fresh flowers. Ali Shan’s complex flavor profile includes classic floral, honeyed and creamy notes, as well as hints of marine air, clover fields, sage and cracked black pepper. A honeyed finish with suggestions of pepper, menthol and sweet grass and a creamy, sweet second infusion make Ali Shan a tea that can be enjoyed for a long period of time. Try brewing it gong fu style with a leisurely breakfast of sliced green pears, chopped fresh mint and Greek yogurt, or with a dinner of creamy sage-asparagus risotto.
Water: 1,000ml filtered water 180°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes, 4 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: not much of a smell
Steeped Tea Smell: nutty, vegetal
Flavor: silky, vegetal, nutty
Aftertaste: slightly bitter, vegetal, smooth
Liquor: translucent yellow-green
3 minutes was too weak, 4 was a little bitter, perhaps 3:30 would have been best?
It's a light, clean, smooth tea. This would be a poor choice as a breakfast tea, but is nice for afternoon supping.
Good but not irreplaceable.
Rating: 3/4 leaves
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing