Qi Lai Shan Oolong

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Tasting notes: Fresh water, minerality, smooth with a lasting oceanic/aquatic sweetness.

Farm Location: Qi Lai Mountain (Nantou County), Taiwan.

Elevation: 2,020 meters above sea level

Season: Spring 2017

This tea shares many characteristics as Shan Lin Xi, with the exception on the sweet oceanic finish and fine white wine essence and mouth feel. The high elevation causes these leaves to be more tender and delicate, not to mention heavy Qi (“chi”) once fully unfurled. Highly recommended that you take the time to examine the near flawlessness of these leaves and notice how silky smooth they are to the touch!

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I swear there was a note on here. Well, this was a Gaoshan that I had to try in my lifetime, and since Amanda raved about it on facebook, I had to get myself a small amount. If it weren’t as rare and expensive as it is, I would have more.

The website compares it to a Shan Lin Xi, and it has the fresh green qualities with the tropical fruits and florals amidst a sweeter and creamier texture, being a little closer to a Alishan. I got butterscotch every once in a while, but that is an exaggeration. A more accurate exaggeration is that it is like pineapple taffy…with an undeniable greenness. With that sweetness said, it does have a fresh quality that is akin to those mineral waters you get from hipster-eque places. The green qualities matched with the minerals got me the more “oceanic” qualities, but really, it reminded me of home in Hawaii. Think of a rainbow falling as clouds drift from the green mountains off of Waimanalo Bay. Shan Lin Xi’s are normally sunny, and while this tea is clear, there is something more pensive about it that makes me think of rain.

This tea works well gong fu, but I got sweeter, thicker notes western with 2-3 grams. I’ve also been lazy, but it’s a little too mineral thick and watery gong fu. I do not want to waste my leaves either. I highly recommend this one as I actually liked it more than several Shan Lin XI’s I’ve had lately, and I also recommend this company. As with most oolongs, the only detractor is price. Have your wallets ready, connoisseurs.

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