Lishan is one of the more famous tea regions in Taiwan, and year after year local growers have shown just how well-suited the area is for tea production. The greater Lishan area also grows plenty of fruits and vegetables, but the higher elevations are more-or-less the domain of tea, with the climate and altitude drawing out flavors from the leaves that simply don't show up closer to sea level. Our winter Lishan clocks in at around 2400 meters and is located close to Dayuling, a Taiwanese micro-region famous for their high mountain tea production.
This is a full bodied amber-green infusion with a thick mouthfeel and a clean umami flavor which coats the mouth and lingers long after the tea is spent. Truly high-mountain tea has a certain flavor that is hard to put into words, but is self-evident upon tasting. We tried around 5 or 6 Lishan oolongs from this winter's harvest, and felt that this particular tea demonstrated the qualities of a high elevation oolong best. For those who are enjoying the exploration of different high mountain oolongs, this isn’t one to miss!