Shanlinxi is a mountainous region in south-central Taiwan that is famous for the crisp and floral quality of the oolong grown there. It is not far from the Alishan tea-production region and maintains a similar average growing elevation of between 1600-1800 meters. Tucked away nicely into the mountains and away from large cities, the terroir is well suited for tea production.
As the weather cools, we and many other tea drinkers prefer roasted teas for their toasted aromas and warming qualities. In our most recent trip sourcing Shanlinxi teas, we came across this roasted oolong that was the perfect candidate for the Autumn and Winter seasons.
This is a classic example of a medium-roast oolong, and a wonderful tea to enjoy in the cooler months of the year. With this batch of tea the roasted notes don't dominate the flavor profile, but rather support and bring out the creamier, sweeter flavors already inherent in the leaf. Like many roasted Taiwanese oolongs, this is also a tea that will age well and develop over time.