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Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong is a typical kind of Taiwan High Mountain Tea. This tea is from Ali Mountain, which is the birthland of High Mountain Tea.

  • Originate from Ali Mountain (阿里山) in Taiwan, in an area higher than the altitude of 1000 meters.
  • Fresh Leaves: one bud with three leaves
  • Dry Tea: twisted into large full particles, round shape, glossy and dark green
  • Tea Liquid: greenish yellow, clean and bright
  • Aroma: elegant floral aroma and light milk fragrance.
  • Flavor: pure and mild, tastes smooth and round in the month. The tea has a light fragrance of gardenia and milk, feels smooth going down to the throat, with long-lasting sweet aftertaste.
  • Leaf: leaves are soft and tender in complete shape with obvious buds.
  • Infusing: can be infused for over 8 steeps with long time for each steep.

Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong is a typical kind of Taiwan High Mountain Tea. This tea is from Ali Mountain, which is the birthland of High Mountain Tea.

The tea garden where Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong Tea grows locates at the altitude between 800 meters to 1400 meters. On the high mountain, climate is cold and cloudy. Sunshine time is short, as a result, the astringent substance in the tea leaves is reduced, thus the tea becomes sweeter. In the mean time, temperature in daytime and in night is distinctive, which make the tea tree grows slowly. Therefore, the leaf is soft and thick with high content of pectin substance. This is the unique feature of Ali Shan Oolong Tea as being a type of Taiwan High Mountain Tea. What’s more, the tea trees are irrigated with spring water on Ali Mountain, making the tea carries a sweet flavor of spring water.

taiwan ali shan oolong tea

The other feature of Ali Shan Oolong Tea is the gardenia fragrance and natural milk aroma. It comes from the tea tree, named Tai Cha NO. 12, also known as Jin Xuan tea tree. The main character of this tea tree is the mixed fragrance of gardenia and milk. Other tea trees could rarely produce teas with this special fragrance.


Recommend Brewing Guide:
Western Method Chinese Gongfu Way
Water : 17oz / 500ml 203℉ / 95℃ Water : 3oz / 85ml 203℉ / 95℃
Use 1 Tablespoon / 8 Grams Tea Use 7 Grams Tea
1 - 5 mins 8 steeps : rinse,25s,25s,30s,40s,60s,90s,
120s,180s
Teapot may be your choice Gaiwan or yixing teapot may be your choice
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds

Taiwan High Mountain Tea

Ali Shan Oolong Tea is a typical kind of Taiwan High Mountain Tea. The conception of High Mountain Tea is relative to the teas planted in lower altitude.

In Taiwan, the teas planted above 800 meters high can be called as High Mountain Tea. Main representative High Mountain tea includes Ali Shan Oolong Tea (altitude between 1000 meters to 1500 meters), Ali Shan LuZhu Tea, Shan Ling Xi Oolong (altitude at 1600 meters), Li Shan Oolong Tea (altitude over 2000 meters), and Da Yun Lin High Mountain Cha Wang Oolong Tea (altitude over 2500 meters).

taiwan oolong teaVertical Distribution of High Moutain Tea

Due to the cold, cloudy and short sunlight time, High Mountain tea is better in quality than teas grows in lower altitudes.


The Difference Between High Mountain Tea And Low Altitude Tea


Normally, in Taiwan tea trees grown at the altitude less than 800 meters are called as low altitude tea. It is different from high mountain tea on the geological features and climate. Taiwan is a mountainous island. The mountain area covers almost 2/3 of its total area. With high mountains in the middle of the land and low coast surrounded, the island has wild water and good drainage. Climate here is more complicate. Mountainous geography allows monsoon climate and high mountain climate existing at the same time. Li Shan Oolong Tea grows in the area over 2000 meters high. Yet as we know, temperature declines 6 degrees for each kilometer the altitude rises. Therefore, the climate on Lishan Mountain is cool all year round. Tea leaf grows slowly, and is soft with elegant aroma and obvious floral scent. Moreover, the unique geography feature forms distinctive nutritious substances in the tea, which is the quality that low altitude tea doesn’t have.


But there is a question: can this place produce top quality Taiwan Gao Leng tea? The answer is not certain. Under the high mountain and cold condition, processing Gao Leng tea will be extremely hard, which can be seen from its expensive price. But why?
The making of high quality oolong tea requires good material as well as good weather. Chinese people believe that when the weather favors us, it is the best time for making oolong tea. Good sunlight is needed; meanwhile the process must be quick. Nevertheless, the unstable weather on high mountain couldn’t allow the workers to make tea always in the best condition. In bad weathers, the Gao Leng tea wouldn’t have high quality. No wonder why top teas are always expensive. The result of making high quality teas are limited by many factors. However, if you have a chance to taste it, you will think it values.


Origin Place - Ali Mountain

Map of Ali Shan, Taiwan

Major excellent tea gardens in the world are settled in the mountains near the tropic of cancer. So is the Ali Shan tea garden, which locates in the remote areas in Ali Mountain in Chiayi County.

In Chiayi County, several villages which locate in high mountain areas have tea gardens, including Alishan Village, Meishan Village, Zhuqi Village, Zhongpu Village, Dapu Village, Falu Village. The average altitude of these tea gardens is about 1000 meters to 1500 meters.

taiwan oolong tea garden

This Superfine Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong Tea we brought you on PureTea is from Alishan Village. Alisha village is in the east of Chiayi County, is the largest town in this county. It almost cover 1/5 areas of Chiayi.


Tea Tree Specie - Jin Xuan (Tai Cha No.12)

taiwan oolong tea

Jin Xuan is a special variety of Camellia Sinesis (tea plant) developed through research at the Taiwan Tea Agricultural Research center. This special variety is known for producing Oolong with a unique spring floral fragrance and a creaminess undertone, which makes it exceptionally popular.


The Tea Farmer

Mr. Lui Zhiqiang, is the sixth generation owner of his family tea business. He built the highest tea garden in Taiwan, which is on Fushou Mountain near Lishan Mountain.

In 2006, Taiwan hosted the World Famous Tea Expo. Mr. Lui was one of the sponsors. He also founded the Taiwan Tea Roasting Technical Seminar. Besides of tea, he is also experienced in the firing skill of porcelain tea wares.
Lui keeps a unique understanding of building a tea garden. He said that the key of building a tea garden is to make the environment, soil, weather be integrated with the tea. He also mentioned that water is the most powerful kind of material to memorize information. 80% content of fresh tea leaf is water. The water will carry the characteristics of soil and weather into the tea leaves. Then they can make delicious tea and sweet tea liquid.

When talked about picking fresh tea leaves, Mr. Lui said except being tender, the fresh leaf must be thick and fleshy, as well as in bright green color. This is the requirement of picking for making good High Mountain tea.
Lui thinks that every business is competitive, except for tea. The speciality and high quality of Taiwan tea makes it unreplaceable. He said:” no matter what you do, tea business or others, you need to seek for the joy of the business. When talking about tea, talking about Fushou Mountain, talking about Da Yu Ling, I will feel joyful in my heart.”

 

Lui Zhiqiang and Angel Chen

Video

  • An interview of taiwan high mountain tea garden - Fushoushan Farm

    An interview of taiwan high mountain tea garden - Fushoushan Farm


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Category: Oolong Tea

Type: Oolong Tea

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