2020 Winter Hehuan Shan High Mountain

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Floral, Grass, Vegetables
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Edit tea info Last updated by LuckyMe
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 5 oz / 160 ml

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  • “Backlog. This was a free sample that came with my Floating Leaves order. I only managed a couple of sessions with it but the flavor didn’t leave any notable impression. The tea has the aroma of...” Read full tasting note
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This oolong was harvested from a tea garden around 1800 meters high on Hehuan Shan, near Lishan. The name He Huan means ‘happy together’ in Chinese, so we like to call it “happy together tea”. Although this is a lesser known mountain, often marketed as Lishan tea in Taiwan, it has been consistently impressive for the last few seasons. We love it!

Description

The broth of this high mountain oolong is viscous and slightly buttery, with a smooth texture that coats the mouth and throat. The fragrance has juicy notes of citrus and sweet flowers, and a gentle milk candy aroma. Most importantly, it’s balanced and feels comforting to drink.

Although we weren’t able to return to Taiwan this season, when we tasted samples in the shop this one was clearly the cleanest tasting with the smoothest broth. It has an elegant sweet fragrance, and a long lasting aftertaste.

We sincerely recommend Alishan, Lishan and Shan Lin Xi drinkers to consider this tea. Due to warm weather, the Winter harvest this year overall lacked intensity. We are still hoping to find more options later in the season, and have some good prospects. But for the time being, drink this Hehuan Shan for a classic, clean high mountain oolong with balanced fragrance and smooth body.

Facts

Harvest Location : Hehuanshan, Hualien, Taiwan
Harvest Date : November, 2020
Cultivar : Qing Xin
Farming Method : Conventional
Altitude : 1800 Meters

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Backlog. This was a free sample that came with my Floating Leaves order. I only managed a couple of sessions with it but the flavor didn’t leave any notable impression.

The tea has the aroma of taro, coconut, grass, and subtle flowers. The brewed tea tasted of steamed vegetables with faint, murky florals. There were a few fruit and citrus hints here and there along the way but overall just a little bland and undistinguished. The description notes that due to weather, the Winter harvest this year lacked intensity which I can affirm.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Vegetables

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 160 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I have been trying to avoid the 2020 winter harvest. The spring was actually good, but I’ve also focused on more new developments from Wang Family Tea and from Trident. They have a ShanLinXi grown ShuiXian that is really good.

LuckyMe

Thanks the recommendations Daylon and yeah my experience of the winter 2020 harvest was the same. I’ll have to check those vendors out as I’ve had everything from my usual tea shops and want to try something different

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