Shanlinxi is a mountainous tea-producing area in central Taiwan’s Nantou county. With most tea there growing from 1600 to 1800 meters above sea level, the high altitude and weather conditions leave their mark on the taste of the tea, mainly by slowing down the growth of the plant and increasing the overall sweetness and complexity of flavor.
For a long while in Taiwan we've been interested in watching the production of high mountain black teas. In many areas the demand for green high mountain teas has left farmers with little interest in going through the extra processing necessary to make a high mountain black tea. However, in recent years we've seen a rise in demand for more interesting and unique high mountain productions.
We found this black tea from Shanlinxi to have a particularly wonderful, malty taste and heavy body, while giving hints of its high mountain origin. If you've enjoyed black teas from China's Yunnan province and are a fan of a malty, full-bodied black tea, then this tea will likely be up your alley.