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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 2017.
Indeed, Alishan Milk Oolong is a great representative of Taiwanese High Mountain Tea. The tea garden at which this tea grows is located at altitudes starting from 1000 meters and up. On the high mountain, the air is cold and the sky is cloudy. Furthermore, sun time is short and, as a result, the astringent substance in the tea leaves is reduced, producing a sweeter tea. Due to the drastic differences in temperature between day and night times, the tea tree grows slowly. Consequently, the tea leaf becoems 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, which can also bear the name #12. Surely, not many tea trees can produce teas with this exceptional fragrance. Not to mention, proper oxidation, roasting, and overall processing are crucial for achieving this unique taste and scent.
This type of tea is known to the West as 'Milk Oolong'. Unfortunately, nowadays there are vendors who will artificially flavor their teas to produce a strong milk scent. However, the aroma of a proper Milk Oolong should never be overly pungent. On the contrary, the milky notes are pleasant, light, and faint. If you choose to brew our Ali Shan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong tea gong-fu style, you will surely notice that the sweet, creamy notes last throughout multiple infusions — a sign of an authentic Milk Oolong tea.
195℉ / 90℃
6g per 500ml 3-5min
6g per 120ml 5sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion