Review: JING Li Shan Oolong

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This lightly oxidised high mountain oolong comes from Li Shan in Taiwan. The leaves are huge, tightly-rolled, dusty green-coloured balls. I brew one tablespoon at 195° for two minutes and get a pale golden yellow liquor. It smells vegetal, mineral, and mildly creamy with notes of honey and lilac.

The texture is creamy, and it has a beautiful, clean flavour. The flavour has notes of lilac, cream, and a mild underlying melon flavour. The texture is perfectly smooth, the finish mostly clean with a mild, lingering grassy vegetal taste. The tea is equally aromatic and flavourful, a rare find for any tea.

I steep again for three minutes and get a brighter, bolder scent. It's still smooth with lilac, cream, veg, honey, and mineral notes. The texture is thicker now, coating the mouth and letting the lilac and veggie linger on. It's more complex than before, and there's a slight bitterness that sticks to the back of the tongue.

After the second infusion, the tea starts to mellow into a more blended, milder cup, and by the fifth steep, it's mildly honey and lilac and little else. A great finish to a great tea. It's rich, but it's still definitely a jade oolong. A true Li Shan, this is the very pinnacle of oolongs.

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