SHAN LIN XI - 杉林溪
SHAN LIN XI - 杉林溪
Origin: Lugu, Taiwan
Harvest: Spring 2018
Sitting between a green and a black tea, traditional oolong is withered by the sun and air, bruised through rolling, semi-oxidized and baked, then twisted and rolled into small spheres with purple and green hues before a final roast.
Shan Lin Xi is a delicious buttery green oolong from Nantou County, Taiwan. Shan Lin Xi is a pristine nature reserve known for its maples, wild-flowers, and butterflies. Tea from this region has a distinctive clear, crisp flavor and aroma known to oolong connoisseurs around the world. Due to Shan Lin Xi’s high elevation and cooler climate, the tea leaves in this region grow more slowly, attaining a higher concentration of sap and essential oils, which contribute to the tea’s complex flavor and aroma.
Shan Lin Xi only use newly sprouted leaves are plucked and then withered in the sun for a few hours to reduce moisture. When suitable leaf suppleness is achieved, traditional rolling techniques (wrapping the leaves in cloth) are applied.
This Shan Lin Xi is finished with a long, low-temperature roasting which enhances the tea’s distinctive fragrance without making the leaf brittle.
Tasting Notes: Toasty, sweet, and subtly floral aroma with a clear, crisp taste and body.
Whole leaves can take a little longer to steep, but the taste more than makes up for it.
Every tea is unique and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is to be used suggestively as a guide for brewing this tea, we think it's a good place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.
Please note: Rinse the tea in teapot with a quick application of hot water, discard the liquid immediately. Add additional hot water to start 1st steeping
Suggested Brewing Method: Gongfu style in a clay tea pot or gaiwan: