Harvest: Spring 2018 Shape: Rolled semi-balls
Oxidation: Fully (> 80%) Roast: Light / Oven
High Mountain AliShan is a premium black tea made from small-leaf oolong tea leaves hand-plucked in ShiZhuo, a major tea harvest region of AliShan Mountain, at an elevation of around 1500 meters (4921 feet). It is fully oxidized (per definition of black tea), and shaped into semi-ball tea leaves (characteristic of Taiwan's High Mountain oolong)*.
The brewed tea is dark amber. It offers a smooth, sweet, and full-bodied taste without acidity or bitterness. There is little astringency, which is often associated with classic black teas made from large-leaf Assamica tea leaves.
Please note that because the taste of this black tea is soft and subtle, additives (sugar, honey, lemon, cream, milk, etc.) may overpower or change the tea's flavor in an unexpected way. We recommend drinking the tea straight, without any additives.
* Shaping into semi-ball shape allows for easy transport and vacuum packaging, preserving the tea's full flavor profile. It is also conducive to tea leaves releasing its flavors slowly over various steeping, allowing you to enjoy the subtle layers of taste presented by the tea.
Note: All our teas are vacuum-packed to guarantee maximum freshness, from the tea makers to your hands.