Reviews

Teavivre Taiwan High Mountain Oolong

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

I love all teas, especially oolongs, but sometimes there is nothing that hits the spot quite like a Taiwanese high mountain oolong. This offering from +TeaVivre was produced using Si Ji Chun, otherwise known as Four Season Oolong. The taste was wonderfully clean, sweet and subtle. Its aroma had a light floral quality without being too heady or perfumy. The finish was surprisingly brisk with a lingering sweetness. Although the flavor profile was fairly simple it was by no means boring. I just may be picking some of this up in bulk for summertime cold brewing. It’s a matter of personal taste but I really prefer Taiwanese teas like this one when it comes to greener oolongs. Similarly styled oolongs from China tend to be a bit too cloying and one note for me. So what makes a high mountain oolong a high mountain oolong? They have to be grown at an elevation of 800m or higher. The cooler weather and reduced sunlight make the leaves work harder, producing a better tasting end result.

Taiwan High Mountain Oolong sample provided by Teavivre.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.