Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Peony Tea Shop Shan Li Xi

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: gold

This tea was full of floral taste. It wasn't quite the perfumy orchid quality that you would find in an Alishan but it was still very powerful. The finish was sweet and lingered long after each sip. It was bolder and richer than most Taiwanese oolongs that I have tried. There was no bitterness or astringency and the mouth-feel was very smooth. Once unfurled, the leaves were large and mostly whole. There was many complete bud sets with leaves still attached to the stems. I did at least six consecutive infusions and the floral notes became more intense each time. I love a tea with staying power and this one definitely had that. +Peony Tea S.  never disappoints, especially when it comes to oolong. Derek, the owner, is very knowledgeable and he has penned several guest posts for this blog. In case you missed them, here's the links:

The Legend of the 7 Sons Cake
Sourcing Tales - How We Found Our Dancong
Fujian Province - The Mecca of Chinese Tea

You can find out more about this tea here.