Award-Winning Ali Shan Milk Oolong Tea (Taiwan)
After trying some Milk Oolong from Ali Shan Mountain Buddha asked tea master Lao Cha:
— Tell me, oh wise one, how were you able to achieve such a gentle scent of gardenias and milk? Such a soft, velvety, and buttery taste?
— This wasn’t hard, oh Enlightened one. All I had to do was plant the Jin Xuan tea bush on Ali Shan Mountain in Taiwan. But only at a height over 1000 meters. Then cultivate it on the mountain’s rocky slopes, together with the cool air and occasional fog. The roots of the tea bush will have no choice but to suck up all the available moisture and nutrients and send it to the leaves. These tea leaves will, in turn, become oolong tea and gift you and other lucky ones their delicate flavor and healthy qualities.
'The Golden Leaf Awards' is one of the most important tea awards, held in Australia, at which our Ali Shan Milk Oolong Tea has won the Gold Medal in the year of 2017.
Ali Shan Milk Oolong is a great representative of Taiwanese High Mountain Teas. The tea garden at which this oolong grows is located at altitudes starting from 1000 meters and up. On the high mountain, the air is cold and the sky is cloudy. Sun time is short and, as a result, the astringent substance in the tea leaves is reduced, producing a sweeter tea. Because of the drastic differences in temperature between day and night times, the tea tree grows slowly. It results in the leaf turning soft and thick with a high content of pectin. The tea trees are irrigated with the spring water of Ali Mountain.
One of the main characteristics of Ali Shan Milk Oolong is the mixed fragrance of gardenia and a natural milky aroma. It comes from the Jin Xuan tea tree. Not many tea trees can produce teas with this exceptional fragrance. This type of tea is known to the West as 'Milk Oolong'.
How to brew loose leaf tea, Western Method:
210℉ / 99℃
6g Rinse. Then 5sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion
This tea is very delicate and easy to over-brew.
How to brew loose leaf tea, Gong Fu style: