Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Tao Tea Leaf
A Li Shan is prizes for its quality, considered by many to be the highest quality of Taiwanese tea. The tea is grown on Pear Mountain (Li Shan.) The mountain gets its name from its many pear orchards surrounding the area. The tea has a complex mixture of flavours. The first thing that comes through is the soft, almost creaminess followed by the sweet fruity flavours that can be detected in the aroma. The tea has a medium to light body and as a refreshingly smooth finish.
Learn more about this tea here.
I find myself reaching for hot teas despite the rising indoor and outdoor temperatures. Iced tea certainly has a time and place, but for me, nothing can replace the comfort of a hot cup of tea. I tend to drink black or darker teas in the morning and follow them with greener, lighter teas in the afternoon and evening.
The beginning of the sip reminds me a little bit of sweet butter with corn. It quickly changes into something more floral, but lingers around just long enough to keep me interested. The rest of the sip is very green, almost a bit earthy. Flowers are still quite prominent and the buttery corn is nowhere to be found. I don’t detect a whole lot of fruit as the description mentions.. mostly leaves and flowers. I think that I’d like this cup more if it had creamier, fruitier elements. I do enjoy a floral oolong, but I suppose that I have to be in the mood for it.
This is a very nice choice to drink during the summer. It has a satisfying richness, but is still light enough to sip into the late afternoon or early evening. This tea would be a good choice for someone’s first oolong. It gives you a little bit of everything – flowers, earth, a hint of creaminess – without sacrificing body or the cup as a whole. I like that no single flavor takes over, but that they all contribute something, leading to a very balanced cup.