Old and big cypresses are the stars of Alishan. The one pictured on the left is approximately 2,500 years old and over 10 meters in diameter. It's called 'Shen Mu', holy tree, as a sign of reverence for its size and age. Groups of tourists flock to this tree in order to take pictures. However, this is by far not the only old cypress in Alishan. Lots of 800 to 2000 years old trees can be seen along less touristy trails in the recreational area. It's difficult not to be moved by these living giants.
This year's sunshine is particularly strong and the harvesters have their tricks to avoid a sunburn!
Harvested by hand on April 13th, 2015
Origin: Changshu Hu, Alishan
Elevation: 1300 meters
Process: low oxidation, rolled leaves, no roast.
This spring High Mountain Oolong isn't roasted and therefore isn't suitable for long term aging. Its emphasis is freshness and is meant to be drunk within 2 years.
The dry leaves have a wonderful scent of fresh lavender.
It feels like Oded Tzur's neverending melodies on his saxophone. His debut album has just been released and I am so glad to enjoy it together with my Chaxis. Knowing that Oded finds inspiration in (my) teas and that I participated in the CD's crowdfunding only adds more connections between the tea and the music.