Review: T-oolongtea.com Alishan Shi Zhao Oolong

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Thumbs up!"The mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy and coats the entire mouth with sweetness. Along with the honey of the flowers, I am also able to tease out hints of melons."
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Sitting here in a quiet house listening to the bird song is so relaxing. The only thing I have found to make it even better is an excellent cup of oolong. Today I am sampling an oolong with the delicate floral aroma of honeysuckle. Alishan is one of my favorite styles of oolong tea because of the fragrance and how it is imparts a gentle sweetness. Alishan Oolong is also known as Arishan Oolong, Ari Mountain Oolong and Ali Mountain Oolong.

The company that I received this tea from is one that is new to me and based in Taiwan. They do ship directly from there and the prices are more then reasonable. I do want to give a heads up though. Because it is shipped from overseas, someone does have to sign for the package.

My sample arrived vacuum packed for freshness and boy is it fresh. This particular tea was picked in May of this year. The nuggets of tea leaves themselves range in color from a spring green to a medium olive. And just looking at the leaves, you can see the quality of the tea.

I set up my Breville using 1200ml of filtered water to 2 tablespoons of leaves. The water temp was set at 195 degrees and a steep time of 2 minutes. The liquor is almost clear with just the faintest hint of yellow to it and have the wonderful floral aroma that I was anticipating. The aroma itself reminds me of a marriage of honeysuckle and lilies. Just a delight in itself.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy and coats the entire mouth with sweetness. Along with the honey of the flowers, I am also able to tease out hints of melons. As far as dryness or astringency, there is none and as a bonus there is a lingering sweetness that hangs around for quite a while. As the tea cools it develops the slight bite of minerals which I find to be delicious.

This is a new tea that hasn't been priced or gone up for sale on the website as of yet. I can tell you though that I will be keeping an eye out for it as this have to be one of the most delightful ali shans that I have had the pleasure of meeting.

— To purchase T-oolongtea.com Alishan Shi Zhao Oolong, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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