Flavors of shortbread and blackberry jam pop out in this Lishan high mountain tea -- Surprise! Despite being from a region well known for its lightly oxidized oolongs, this stock of tea has been fully oxidized to produce a black tea! The long and wispy shape of the dried leaves is a testament to the quality and care! This tea is quite smooth for a black tea with a clean aftertaste.
It is quite energizing and gets the blood pumping, or maybe we’re just extra excited to be able to share this tasty tea!
- Origin: Lishan, Hualien, Taiwan
- Other Growing Info: high-mountain, unsprayed
- Oxidation Level: full
- Harvest: young leaves picked in May 2020
- Shaping: loose, dried, mostly whole leaves
- Maximum Brew Temperature: 210° F, 98° C
- Liquor Color: Bright Reddish Orange
- Quantity: 28g (1 ounce), about 5 portions
- Re-steeps: approximately 3-4
We like brewing this by full-steeping in a vessel where water can circulate freely like a spacious teapot. After the initial steeps, try cold steeping the leaves overnight for some delicious cold-brew iced tea!
The back of the label has a stripe of color that you can use to help you brew! Steep your leaves with water no hotter than the recommended maximum brew temperature and wait until the liquor matches the stripe of color on the label.
We source this tea from Ms. Shiuwen who runs Floating Leaves Tea, a fabulous and captivating lady with a unique take on tea! She sources directly from talented farmers in Taiwan every season. Find out more about this tea in her podcast: