Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Cameron Tea
AliShan is one the famous oolong tea growing areas in Taiwan. Located at altitude of 1500m, the mountain has a rich soil and ideal climactic conditions. The cool climate and moist from daily mists make the plants to grow very slowly and produce tender, flavourful tea leaves and buds.
Learn more about this tea here.
Yay! AliShan! I love AliShan Oolong! I love LOVE love it!
And this competition grade Taiwan AliShan High Mountain Oolong Tea from Cameron Tea is LOVELY! It is definitely worthy of all the love I bestow onto AliShan Oolong teas.
The dry leaves have a sweet, floral scent with hints of fruit. The aroma of the brewed liquid smells very much like the dry leaf, with a little more floral notes and fewer fruity notes.
I brew the leaves in my gaiwan, but since this is an AliShan and it’s a rather special tea to me, rather than using my usual Oolong tea cup that holds two infusions of an Oolong, I combined the first five infusions of this tea into my Yi Xing Mug that is specially designated for AliShan Oolong teas.
The first five infusions mingling together in my tea mug produce a sweet, creamy, luscious flavor. The overall flavor and texture of the cup is delicate. Notes of flower, hints of fruit and vegetation, and a light honeyed sweetness wash over the palate. I would describe the honey notes as a “thinned” honey, it isn’t a thick or heavy sweetness, it’s more like a watered down honey-esque tone that melds with the floral notes in a really delightful way, softening the flowery sharpness.
There is also a distinct, roasted nutty tone to this tea. This is a distant flavor, something that sort of plays off in the background while these other flavors serve as the primary flavors tasted.
The sip starts out with a fresh, crisp floral note that is immediately followed by a hint of sweet, buttery vegetative taste. Fruit notes weave their way in and out of the sip while the thinned honey flavors sort of provide an undercurrent of sweetness. Mid-sip, I start to notice the hint of roasted, nutty tones. The finish is sweet and crisp with a faint but lingering aftertaste of sweet flower.
A really lovely Alishan Oolong! Admittedly, I haven’t yet found an Alishan that I’m not fond of, but, I have to say that this Competition Grade from Cameron Tea is certainly an excellent example of this, my favorite Oolong. I highly recommend it.
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!
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