Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Yezi Tea
Bittersweet moments often make for the best memories, and there’s no reason to assume that it should be any different for tea. Yezi is proud to bring you the bitter yet sweet Gao Shan high-mountain loose-leaf tea.
Gao Shan is grown high in the Nanhu Mountain range on the outskirts of Fuqing City in the Fujian province of China. At these elevations, the near-incessant fog cover and the extreme temperature difference between night and day help make for teas with a complex and diverse flavor palette. Gao Shan is a deep red-brown tea, and its strong, satisfying flavor makes many a tea connoisseur compare it to Kung Fu black tea. A brew of Gao Shan is ideal for firing you up on a dreary day when you could do with a burst of acceleration.
Learn more about this tea here.
Oh, yeah, now that’s what I’m talking about! This Gao Shan High Mountain Black tea from Yezi Tea is a seriously awesome tea! I’m loving every sip of it.
The dry leaf smells earthy with notes of leather. It’s a very pale scent … I was about to say “delicate” scent, but the aroma is so masculine that I didn’t feel that delicate was the right word. The fragrance isn’t in your face, it doesn’t blow you away when you open the package because it’s so aromatic. It’s a soft masculine scent. The brewed liquid smells very much like the dry leaf, although the brewed has a stronger aroma than the dry leaf.
I think that the above description did a really good job at describing the flavor of this tea. It is a strong, satisfying black tea with plenty of gusto. There are sweet and bitter notes … but that’s not a “oops, I oversteeped the tea” kind of bitterness … rather, it’s more like the bitterness you’d experience from a dark cacao.
This is a complex black tea with caramel-y undertones and stone fruit notes, reminiscent of a ripe plum. The flavor is earthy, rich and it has that delicious fresh-baked kind of quality, like the chewy, caramelized crust of a freshly baked loaf of bread. There is a fair amount of dry astringency.
A very rewarding cuppa. This is the kind of tea that I’d turn to when I want something to help shake me to alertness. It’s invigorating and delicious. This is my first experience with this company – Yezi Tea – and it’s a very positive experience indeed! I look forward to trying the other teas that I have from them!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!