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Alishan High Mountain Oolong Tea

Highlights:

  1. Net Weight: 2.64 oz / 75 gram
  2. Oxidization Level: 20% [More info on oxidization]
  3. Characteristics: dark-green pellet (dry leaf); golden color (tea liquid);  whole leaf and stem joint (brewed leaf)
  4. Tea cultivar: Qing Xin Oolong 
  5. Grower/Farmer: Jia-Tian Wu
  6. Tea Farm Location: Alishan Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan
  7. Tea Farm Elevation: 4100 ft/1200 m
  8. Harvest Date: April 20, 2015 (hand plucked)
  9. Tasting Note: Delicate, slightly nutty flavor, mild floral scent
  10. Steeping Tip: 2 teaspoons of tea for 6 oz of FILTERED hot water (180° - 190° F), 1st steeping (4 minutes), re-steeping 3 times
Additional Information:
  1. High mountain tea refers to the tea produced from a tea plantation that is at least 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level. High mountain regions in Taiwan include Alishan, Yu Shan, Hsueh Shan, and Taitung mountain ranges. Tea from Alishan Mountain is the most known and representative of Taiwanese high mountain tea. [Further info: tea production area and elevation across Taiwan]
  2. Tea leaves of high elevation grow slower, smaller, contain more Pectin and are thicker than those of lower elevation due to exposure to more mist, less sunlight and greater change in temperature between day and night. 
  3. Tea-making process: hand-plucked fresh leaves - solar withering - indoor withering - hand tossing - machine stirring - setting for oxidization - fixation - rolling- first drying - ball rolling - second drying - manual removal of stems without leaves - packaging. (Note: Stems aren't removed until the end because the aroma they contain helps to increase aroma of the tea. No flavoring or fragrance is added or blending of any sort during the whole process. The tea's aroma and flavor results in the interaction between the soil, climate, tea cultivar, eco-system in and around the tea plantation.) [Further info: tea-making processes]
  4. Storage: to best preserve the tea's nutrients and taste, please use a dry, air-tight, light-blocking food storage container and avoid place the container in a humid, hot and sunlit area.
  5. An unconventional way to quickly brew a day-worth of tea (i.e. 2 liters) in one go, this store owner Cecilia would recommend checking out her YouTube video "Quick tutorial for easy preparation of loose-leaf tea."

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