Organic Shibi Organic High Mountain Spring Oolong Tea, Lot 926

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Butter, Coconut, Floral, Jam, Melon, Pineapple, Sarsaparilla, Tropical, Vanilla, Flowers, Grain
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Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by LuckyMe
Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 7 g 8 oz / 228 ml

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  • “Spring 2020 Harvest supposedly. For breakfast I had a slice of toast, with butter and pineapple coconut jam. Now, I only bring this up because if I didn’t know better I would think that some of...” Read full tasting note
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Excitement always prevails when it’s time to visit this magnificent garden during our spring-time rounds as it has become our benchmark garden to rate the quality of a season. The craftsmanship and care both in the garden and in the factory from the people behind this tea are exemplary and well-recognized amongst local tea makers. Therefore, if the tea is good or superb relies on the uncontrollable nature-born factors like the prevailing weather since last winter. This spring 2020, we were also excited in anticipation to taste a custom production made just for us with a slightly higher oxidation which we can designated as a traditional oxidation level. This results in a thicker, more buttery texture with sweeter floral notes and a less grassy attack. Fans of this tea will still be in recognizable territory but will benefit from a fuller mouth-feel, yet smooth and sophisticated and very well balanced between the floral notes, the crisp pastoral ones and the clean mellow finish. As with all previous lots from this garden, the adjective “clean” also comes from the fact that this garden is certified to meet the EU norm for low pesticide use: one of the most stringent norm of the kind right now. Another good reason to indulge! This spring 2020 peaks with succulent notes of spring flowers and smooth vegetal nuances that culminate with a silky smooth finish. This spring’s is thick and generous in well-balanced organoleptic material that are sure to give many satisfying infusions of joy in the cup. This is our “go to” tea when we are wanting to enjoy a good high-mountain tea.

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Spring 2020 Harvest supposedly.

For breakfast I had a slice of toast, with butter and pineapple coconut jam. Now, I only bring this up because if I didn’t know better I would think that some of that butter and jam slipped into my cup while I wasn’t looking!

This oolong is relatively buttery, floral, extremely tropical (tangy pineapple, coconut), with a pleasant jam-like sweetness. Like my pineapple coconut jam, which contains a hint of rum, this also has a faint, subtle “bitter-sugar,” flowery undercurrent that adds depth to this first steep. It reminds me of sarsaparilla (vanilla, licorice, green note, etc.) or just straight up bitter vanilla. This vanilla quality softens to a silky fineness in my third steep; the tropical, butter, and floral notes are well balanced here. It’s my favourite cup so far.

This oolong is almost perfect for me, although I do prefer more butter, and less tangy flowers. Still, it tastes like Hawaii in a cup – or maybe it’s fairer to say it’s Taiwan in a cup (there’s a lot of subtropical and tropical goodness in Taiwan too)!

Steep Count: 5 @1 minute each, western style.

Next time I will try it gongfu or grandpa style. My gaiwan hasn’t seen use in years but this tea makes me think it’s time!

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Floral, Jam, Melon, Pineapple, Sarsaparilla, Tropical, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Leafhopper

Nice! When their Shibi oolong is good, it’s really good!

CrowKettle

I think this is my first time trying a Shibi oolong in general; is it normally so tropical? Oolong harvests are fickle but this sample guarantees I’ll keep TTC and this tea in particular on my radar. :)

Leafhopper

Some Shibi harvests are really tropical, while others are just nice and floral. There’s no rhyme or reason as to which is which. I’ve found TTC’s other Shan Lin Xi oolongs to be decent but not as good as the Shibi.

teaqueen

That flavor profile sounds absolutely delicious! I bet this one would be delicious as an iced tea too.

LuckyMe

@CrowKettle Shibi is my favorite TTC high mountain tea. And yes it generally has a floral-tropical flavor. I would recommend gongfu brewing it as the western steeping might intensify certain flavors.

CrowKettle

Thanks for the advice, LuckyMe! I can see why this is a favourite. Besides this, I didn’t order green oolong samples from TTC this time around. From what you and Leafhopper wrote, it looks like I went with the right one though! :)

@teaqueen, that’s an interesting idea too. If there isn’t enough left over for that I’ll just have to order more…

CrowKettle

That Longfengxia High Mountain Winter Oolong Tea looks amazing too..I may need to order again. For the oolong.

tea-sipper

Pineapple coconut jam what what what?

Leafhopper

Yep, that Shibi oolong is really good. :) I’d definitely pick up some samples of TTC’s green oolongs, though I think the Shibi is the best one. I’ve also heard good things about their Yuchi black tea, though the Assam I had from them a while ago was just okay.

CrowKettle

@tea-sipper, this is my painfully sweet spread, which I bought at a T&T Supermarket (a YVR/Canadian thing). I don’t see this particular brand from the Philippines available online anywhere, but there are probably others:

https://www.facebook.com/CorinthianDistributors/photos/pineapple-coco-rhum-ice-cream-sundaes-yes-please-this-recipe-serves-4ingredients/665665004276669/

CrowKettle

@Leafhopper the main bulk of my TTC was Assam and random High Mountain black teas. So far they are decent, but do not grab my attention as much as the Shibi!

Leafhopper

That’s good to know. I was thinking about buying some more black teas from them when we Canadians can finally get things from Taiwan again (whenever that is). What’s a good vendor for Taiwanese black tea?

Sil

@leafhopper – you can order from TTC; a few of us made some orders and received them last week

Leafhopper

Sil, is TTC letting you use the $60 free shipping, or is it still DHL only?

Sil

it was 60$ free shipping but they sent it via dhl, no additional fees for any of us when it came

CrowKettle

Yep, I second Sil. No extra costs! Shipping experience with TTC was good.

Leafhopper

Wow! I now regret not taking advantage of the sale. This is good information for the future. Were you charged customs fees?

CrowKettle

Nope! No custom fees :)

Leafhopper

That’s encouraging. :)

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Posted for the wrong tea. See my updated tasting note.

Backlog.

This is one of the teas from the great Steepster freeze of 2020 that I’m getting around to logging now. My memory is a little hazy because I only had a couple of sessions with it, but I remember it being a solid SLX with the usual alpine florals and tropical notes. A little lighter and lacking the full mouthfeel of previous harvests. Good for 6-7 steeps.

Flavors: Coconut, Flowers, Tropical, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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