Handpicked on April 5, 2012
Origin: Ali Shan (Chang Shu Hu)
Elevation: 1600 meters
Process: Lightly oxidized, rolled Oolong.
Brewed in 'ivory' porcelain.
Vivid green leaves and golden stems. The leaves are rolled very tightly and almost small.
Once brewed open, the leaves are long and thick. The stems show signs of tear (due to the harvest by hand).
The scent of the brew is full of power and has hints of young, fresh papaya.
Conclusion: This high mountain Oolong is wonderful. It's so powerful and its scents so pure, that one could mistake it with an Oolong from Da Yu Ling. This is exactly what happened to me at a blind tasting of this Ali Shan Oolong and a Da Yu Ling Oolong with tea friends. I had them mixed up, because of its longer aftertaste and bright fragrances.
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The power of the Ali Shan Oolong character unfolds in the whole body. Pure, straight and harmonious.