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Lishan, Winter

$31.00

Lishan, Winter

  • 漢字梨山烏龍冬茶

    origin Lishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes floral, creamy

    漢字 梨山烏龍冬茶

    origin Lishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes floral, creamy

    Peaking at 2200 meters above sea level, Lishan is the third highest mountain amongst the 12 that make up the Lishan Range. The tea garden from which this tea is harvested lies at approximately 2000 meters (6500 feet) above sea level, an elevation that yields temperate weather in the summer and light snow fall in the winter.

    At this elevation, the tea plants are exposed to strong sunshine only in the morning before they are quickly enshrouded in mist. This short sun exposure allows the leaves to produce intense flavor compounds, but tempers the bitterness that can result from over-exposure. The cooler temperature also slows the plant's metabolism, enabling the leaves to retain and store more flavor compounds.

    Winter tea harvesting on Lishan is a somewhat frantic activity, as legions of tea pickers rush to gather the season's leaves before the arrival of Winter frost. The first flush of these teas are the most exceptional, occurring in early November at the highest elevation gardens and gradually moving down the mountain. Our Winter crop Lishan oolong is a first flush tea, gathered in early November.

    With soft and floral aromatics, this year's Lishan Winter coats the palate with distinct notes of baby corn and fresh cream, in a manner that perfectly balances nuance with intensity.

  • Brewing Guide

    Winter Formosa oolongs are different in character from their spring counterparts. To accentuate their innate floral notes, use more leaves and increase steep time.

    To brew Lishan in a gaiwan or small tea pot, we prefer steeping 5 grams of this tea at 200 degrees for 2 minutes on the initial brew, and then increasing that in increments of 30 seconds for subsequent brews. For lighter infusions, use cooler water and increase the brew time.

    shop gaiwans
    Gaiwan/Teapot (6 oz.)
    leaves 5 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    time 2 min 30 sec
    shop teapots
    Teapot (12 oz.)
    leaves 7 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    time 3 min
    shop infusers
    Infuser Cup
    leaves 5 grams
    temp
    200 ° F
    time
    2 min 30 sec
    shop tea bowls
    Tea Bowl
    leaves 4 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    shop gaiwans
    Gaiwan/Teapot (6 oz.)
    leaves 5 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    time 2 min 30 sec
    shop teapots
    Teapot (12 oz.)
    leaves 7 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    time 3 min
    shop infusers
    Infuser Cup
    leaves 5 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    time 2 min 30 sec
    shop tea bowls
    Tea Bowl
    leaves 4 grams
    temp 200 ° F