Strong Milky Flavor & Dark Green
Appearance & Taste
Our Alishan Jinxuan Oolong Tea leaves are hemispherical in appearance, very tight and knotted; they are usually between dark green and yellowish green in colour. The tea soup is bright yellow or honey golden and the taste is rich and complex, combining a strong milky flavour with that lingering aftertaste. There is also a slight flavour of honey-scented incense. The tea feels smooth in the mouth, with an elegant, delicate and long-lasting aroma.
Adjust the amount of tea based on your own taste
For simple glass vessel / teapot brewing:
You can brew less tea leaves with more hot water for longer brewing time. Use 1.5 teaspoons of the tea for 125ml teacup, 3 teaspoons for 250ml glass or 6 teaspoons for 500ml teapot.
For Ti Kwan Yin (Tieguanyin) or Taiwan Oolong tea, using 100°C hot water to infuse tea leaves for around 2-5 minutes. Re-steep for around one further infusion. (Adjust by personal taste)
For Gongfu Style:
- Warm the Gaiwan/tiny teapot with hot water; discard the water afterwards
- Add 1g Oolong tea for every 20ml – 30ml of water (recommend 5g to 8g tea leaves, adjust by personal taste)
- Pour hot water (100 °C) into the clay teapot / Gaiwan, tilt it, slowly rotating it two times and quickly discard the water (this step is for waking up tea leaves and stimulating the special aroma of the oolong tea)
- Refill clay teapot/Gaiwan with hot water
- Infuse tea for around 40s for first brew, extending extra 15s infusion time for the following brew.
- Pour the steeped tea into serving cup and divided into small teacups and serve
- Repeat 5-7 times for Ti Kwan Yin (Tieguanyin) or Taiwan Oolong tea
Jiayi County, Taiwan
The Da Ali Mountain area is famous not only for its scenery, but also for its tea. The tea produced here is regarded as the best oolong tea in Taiwan. The reason is that the climate is cold, with much cloud cover and fog in the morning and at night, and the average day is short; this comes together to mean the bitter substances contained in tea buds and leaves are reduced while the sweeter flavours increase. Furthermore, due to the large temperature differences between day and night, the tea tree grows more slowly, which leads to thicker layers of mesophyll in the tea leaves and higher pectin content. This gives Alishan Oolong Tea an almost endless sweet aftertaste. Because the tea trees here are mostly irrigated with mountain spring water, Alishan Oolong Tea has a very special, cold mountain aroma.