Shan Lin Xi is one of the most prestigious tea growing areas in Taiwan. But what makes the region and its teas so special? In this post we’ll tell you more about our fantastic Shan Lin Xi Oolong!

 

Organic Shan Lin Xi Oolong Tea Taiwan

 

Die Region Shan Lin Xi

In Taiwan, it is common for teas to be named after their origin. The Shan Lin Xi region is one of Taiwan’s many famous “high mountain” regions, which is more than 1000 meters above sea level. The altitude and the special climate give the teas produced here a unique character. For this reason, the High Mountain Tees are sought after by tea lovers and oolong connoisseurs all over the world.

Most of Shan Lin Xi’s teas come from an altitude of about 1300-1500 meters above sea level, just like our Organic Shan Lin Xi Oolong. The highest punk of the mountain is located at almost 1900 meters and we also called Long Feng Xia. Due to the lower oxygen concentration and a special microclimate, Tess develops its own taste at this altitude. The growth of the tea plants is significantly slower due to the lower oxygen concentration, which makes the aroma in the finished tea rounder, gentler and more delicate.

The climate in Shan Lin Xi is also special and is perfect for growing tea. Shan Lin Xi a means “Tannenwaldbach”. There are many pine and bamboo forests as well as small rivers and streams. Due to the steep slope, the teest smokes get exactly the right amount of hours of sunshine. In the afternoon the mountain is covered with dense fog.

 

Cultivation and processing

Our Shan Lin Xi Oolong is carefully picked by hand. For the tea, only the top two leaves and sometimes a leaf bud (two leaves and a bud) are picked, which is untypical for this type of tea. Normally, the “oolong pick” is used for slightly oxidized oolongs from Taiwan, which consists of the top four to five leaves of the tea plant. For oolong tea, the slightly larger and more mature leaves are picked as they produce a rounder, softer and less intense taste.

The fact that our farmer has decided to pick only the upper tea leaves is probably a good sign. The altitude of his farm is considerable, but several hundred meters lower than other growing areas such as Da Yu Ling or Lishan, which are up to 2600 meters high. To compensate for this, only the top leaves were picked to get a more tender and flowery tea.

After picking the tea leaves is brought to a local tea factory to be processed there to produce tea. First, the tea leaves are evenly spread in a hall to wither. The leaves lose part of their water content and become flexible and flexible. After wilting, the leaves are distributed on round bamboo mats and oxidized. To ensure that all leaves oxidize evenly, they are regularly turned by hand and shaken through. When an oxidation level of 15-20 is reached, the tea leaf is fixed. This means that it is dried and heated to such an extent that the tea leaf does not further oxidize.

When the desired degree of oxidation is reached, the leaves are inserted into small bags and rolled by machines. Repeating this process several times, the typical spherical, rolled leaf of the Taiwan Oolongs is created. After forming, the tea is dried one last time. Some teas are also subtly toasted to make the taste rounder and softer. The Shan Lin Xi Oolong is ready!

 

Organic Shan Lin Xi Ooling Tee Tea
Our Poured Organic Shan Lin Xi Oolong

What makes shan Lin Xi Oolong so special?

This question is easy to answer: the unbelievably good taste. Whether you are new to the world of tea or a tea connoisseur for years, when you open the tea bag, you notice that the Shan Lin Xi Oolong is a little different. The tea is unusually tender, almost fragile, but no less intense. The brewed leaves exude a sweet, floral scent. The lovingly hand-picked, whole tea leaves are a real feast for the eyes.

The texture of the tea, i.e. the way the tea feels in the mouth, is also noticeably different. The tea in the mouth feels dense, full and rich. The initially fresh and floral character quickly turns into something slightly creamy. In the aftertaste remains a complex, herbal character, which is difficult to describe. A thoroughly fantastic tea from the highlands of Taiwan!

 

Preparation recommendation

A tea as high quality as our Organic Shan Lin Xi Oolong should prepare with a lot of love and care, because this tea is something for special moments. For water temperature we recommend using 80-90 degrees hot water. Although the Taiwanese usually prepare their oolong with boiling hot water, we find that the delicate and floral notes are better emphasized at a slightly lower water temperature. In addition, you should consider using the gon fu ch’ infusion method for this tea. This gives you more control over the brewing process and allows you to experience the tea in all its complexity and versatility.

The tea can of course also be prepared in the classic way in a larger jug. Make sure the tea leaves have enough space to unfold. The cast-out leaf of Shan Lin Xi Oolongs can become quite voluminous. A drawing time of 2-3 minutes is usually ideal. In addition, multiple infusions are definitely possible! With each further brewing of the tea leaves, you should extend the drawing time by one minute.

Organic Shan Lin Xi Oolong Tee Tea Taiwan
The dry, tightly rolled leaves of Shan Lin Xi Oolongs

 

Other famous tea growing areas in Taiwan

Taiwan is a true tea paradise and besides the Shan Lin Xi region there are many other renowned tea growing regions in Taiwan.

 

Region

Specifics

LishanLiterally translated, Lishan means “Birnenberg”, as many farmers used to grown pears here. However, the monkeys living here have often caused the farmers great crop failures, which is why many have switched to tea growing. The region, which is up to 2200 metres high, is particularly known for slightly oxidized rolled oolongs.
Dong DingA slightly deeper region, famous for roasted oolongs. Dong Ding Tees offer a wide range of flavours, from fruity and sweet to toasty and smoky.
Da Yu LingAt 2600 metres, the highest tea-growing region in Taiwan. Due to soil erosion, the Taiwanese government has closed many tea farms and is reviving the mountain. The already very expensive Da Yu Ling teas are now becoming even rarer and demand unbelievably high prices on the tea market. Many Da Yu Ling oolongs in circulation are fake.
LaLa ShanA new and less famous tea area in the northern half of Taiwan. The tea plants here are mostly still young, but there is a lot of potential in LaLa Shan. In addition, there are some producers here who use innovative and clean methods of tea making.
AlishanAlishan Tea is especially known for its creamy and understated creamy character. Many tea plants that grow here are from the Cultivar “Jin Xuan”, which naturally has a delicate milky taste.
Sun Moon LakeSun Moon Lake is a popular tourist destination and is a great producer of black teas. The Japanese Empire’s occupation of Taiwan encouraged the production of black tea in Taiwan. Near Sun Moon Lake is also a branch of the Taiwanese tea research station TRES ( Tea Research and ExtensionStation).

 

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