Lala Shan Hong Shui

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From Floating Leaves Tea


It’s not really fair to call this tea organic. It is more than organic, the bushes are basically left to grow wild on the mountain. The field is small, a beautiful high elevation garden, tended by the most darling couple.

This tea is a GABA oolong. Rich, sweet and red. Deeply calming and nourishing. It’s one of our favorite teas, we drink it every single day when we have it.

This batch of tea was harvested in 2017, and has been aging in our teacher’s shop in Taiwan ever since. This is a deluxe offering of Lalashan Hongshui, with a depth and power afforded by age.

The tea is rolled nice and tight, and brews up a deep, rich red as it unfolds. The slight tart note of aged oolong is present, surrounded by dried fruit, herbal and woody notes. Texture in the mouth is huge and complex. Excellent huigan (returning sweetness) and penetrating throat feel.

The Lalashan farmer is not making tea like this anymore, it’s much more like our first ever batches of Lalashan Hongshui. We don’t have much, so if you’re a Hongshui fan, we highly recommend you pick some up.


Harvest Location : Lalashan, Taoyuan, Taiwan Harvest Date : 2017 Roast Date : June 2022 Cultivar : Qing Xin Farming Method : Minimum intervention, on the verge of wild

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It has been a while since I drank this tea and I saved the wrapper so I wouldn’t forget to review it, because it deserved a genuine and thoughtful review. I am 99% sure this came from derk.

Mine has the word roast circled. I don’t know if that is true of all the ones reviewed here. It also says June 2022.

This tea was fantastic. I know it was fantastic because it immediately got added to my wishlist and that is something I am trying to avoid doing because I am trying to sipdown and not add to the cupboard. This oolong is worth it, and deserves attention and gong fu preparation if you have time to do it.


Good tea :)

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Sipdown. I saved enough for gong fu, but….it was just so goood western mug style that I did it again for the cold weather. I got so many complex flavors even this time by heavy leafing 6 grams into my strainer mug. First steep was dark cocoa, butter, wood, honey, and earth, second steep had an immensely sweet fruit like plums pulsating from the aroma, and than wood and slight peach in the taste. The rest of the resteeps were buttery, vaguely floral, earthy, with just the right amount of wood and tannin I like in both black teas and oolong.

I’m sad to see this one gone. I’ve got other dark oolongs that aren’t quite as good. This was a treat, Derk, especially since I haven’t had a darker oolong that I’ve enjoyed as deeply as this one in a while.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cocoa, Cookie, Earth, Honey, Plum, Savory, Sweet, Tannin, Wood


Glad you enjoyed this one :)

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Holy shit, derk. Thank you. This is everything.

Bowled. This tea… this is where I resonate. My tea. I didn’t take a single note and just sat there transfixed (and muttering expletives).

How the hell is this a GABA? As if my mind wasn’t reeling enough. “I don’t like GABAs,” she says.

It doesn’t sound like this is going to be available any more… I don’t know what to do with that. I have enough for one more bowl. Maybe I’ll take better notes next time; maybe I’ll just be.

Flavors: Butter, Campfire, Caramel, Cedar, Dried Fruit, Floral, Leather, Peanut, Perfume, Pine, Resin, Tobacco, Vanilla


Derk is so awesome. I am really glad you had a great tea experience.

Marshall Weber

Dang those tasting notes sound epic! Too bad it isn’t available anymore :(


I can’t even. I’m probably going to message FL and see what, if anything, is adjacent. I am enjoying my puerh journey, but my heart will likely always be with these soul-shattering oolongs.

Martin Bednář

Only one Lala Shan I found is this one, but not Hong Shui:


Thanks, Martin! Might be fun to explore the mountain in other ways.

Marshall Weber

I also am enjoying puerh, but agree that it hasn’t blown my socks off like some other teas. I’m sure I’m just looking for the right one :). Good luck trying to find a similar oolong!


After trying this tea once, I knew it was for you, beerandbeancurd. GABA be damned. Sad it’s sold out. This tea is phenomenal.


Color me impressed. My heart.

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