Shanlin Xi High Mountain

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea
Flavors
Butter, Floral, Grass, Coconut, Creamy, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruit Tree Flowers, Green, Green Beans, Honey, Jasmine, Pear, Pine, Pineapple, Tropical
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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 20 g 1000 oz / 29573 ml

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  • “I was pouring tea for a couple of friends (outside! Socially distanced!) and this was a very lovely tea for a lovely Oregon spring day. The first infusion was extremely buttery and a very sweet and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Love this tea, and one that I thought I added and wrote about on Steepster, but alas, no. I am working with the same year, 2019, and it’s one of my favorites. It’s got all the notes I associate...” Read full tasting note
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From the website:

Location: Shanlin Xi(杉林溪)

Cultivar: Qingxin Oolong(青心烏龍)
Garden Elevation: 1200m

Season: Spring 2019

Roast Level: Unroasted

Harvest Style: Hand Picked

Tasting Notes
Dry leaves are forest green in color, and have a light aroma of grassy sweetness with some florality. After rinsing, the florality of this Shanlin Xi permeates the air. After brewing the first round, I immediately smelled the gaiwan cover. I was greeted by the smell of freshly cut grass and blooming flowers. The first round has a distinct high mountain flavor; woodsy, floral, and altogether refreshing. The second round further increases the florality of this tea. The tea liquor for this round is creamy, and delivers a strong sweetness during the aftertaste. The third round continues to show the sweet-floral nature of this Shanlin Xi, but now there is also a delightful green bean scent to this tea. The aftertaste is strong and sweet, and lasts for long after you finish drinking.

We recommend drinking this tea in the morning; it will lift your spirit for the day to come!

Brewing Parameters

Leaf/Water: 7g/100ml

Water Temperature: Boiling (100° C)

Quick Rinse

1st Round Brewing Time: 55 Seconds

2nd Round Brewing Time: 45 Seconds

3rd Round Brewing Time: 55 Seconds

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I was pouring tea for a couple of friends (outside! Socially distanced!) and this was a very lovely tea for a lovely Oregon spring day. The first infusion was extremely buttery and a very sweet and smooth finish. The second infusion, grassy notes mingled with the butter. But the third was a revelation, the grass was overshadowed by heavy floral notes that appeared. One of my friends thought I’d switched out for a jasmine tea! Really lovely, will drink again.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Grass

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 20 g 1000 OZ / 29573 ML

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Love this tea, and one that I thought I added and wrote about on Steepster, but alas, no.

I am working with the same year, 2019, and it’s one of my favorites. It’s got all the notes I associate with Shan Lin Xi-coconut, pineapple, pineapple skin, fresh greens, creamy texture, lingering after taste, and floral aroma that’s so lush and soft that it’s akin to a fabric softener sheet. It’s a little bit more vegetal than some other Shan Lin Xi’s I’ve had, but it’s definitely sweeter and more floral. It’s got enough complexity to boot gong fu going from floral, green, woodsy (slightly), dew, mountain air, jasmine, hyacinth, fruity, to honey and more floral mid steeps, and then sweeter, and it’s well rounded western or even as tumbler grandpa fuel if you are light on the leaves. I got asian pear in steep three yesterday, and it made my easter morning.

What I like about this particular Shanlinxi of the many I’ve had is that it’s incredibly forgiving and has a great energy. The L-theanine-caffeine combo is great and gets me through my mornings. It’s also got decent longevity going up to ten or twelve brews if you really leaf it and flash steep it, but it’s better to have a medium approach and medium to longer brewing time. It’s rarely astringent or too green.

The only downside is price. It costs $10 American Dollars for 25 grams, and though the price is lower as you go up to $28 for 75 grams, it’s still an investment for a tea that is worth the amount, but something that will hurt the pocket if it’s drank daily. Although it’s been my regular ShanLinXi for the last year and a half, it’s mixed in with the other assortment of teas I spend too much money on just to try. I do want to at least keep 25 grams of it around at a time because I like it that much.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruit Tree Flowers, Green, Green Beans, Honey, Jasmine, Pear, Pine, Pineapple, Tropical

Leafhopper

LOL, some Shan Lin Xis indeed remind me of fabric softener due to their combo of heavy florals and vanilla. Also, based on my experience, US$10 per ounce is fairly normal for Shan Lin Xi. The one from Camellia Sinensis is slightly less, given the exchange rate, at about CAD$11 per ounce. The offerings from Floating Leaves and Tillerman are maybe a few dollars more. Let me know if you can find a good SLX for less. My wallet would be grateful!

Daylon R Thomas

You know I will. Actually, me and Liquidproust were on a quest for one four years ago. We didn’t find anything perfect, but a lot of what we got was from farmers, ebay, etc. I used to get Lishan from Berylleb King Tea along with Dayuling that was cheaper than some others. I would recommend that company if it weren’t for the change in name. The $6 new customer discount at Wang Family tea also made a huge difference.

Daylon R Thomas

The most affordable Shanlinxi staple we found at the time was Beautiful Taiwan Tea’s Misty Mountain. I’m not sure what the Canadian Rates are or the current price. I stopped buying from them because there was a season that I did not like, and then I took a break from them and explored other companies.

Daylon R Thomas

Their traditional Dong Ding is very good and peachy.

Leafhopper

Daylon, sorry, I just saw your comments. I might order from BTTC in the future. I had a Jin Xuan from them that was nice. Your Shan Lin Xi quest sounds fun.

If it weren’t for their hefty shipping charges, I’d give Wang Family Tea a try, and I might do it anyway because their teas sound so good. However, I’ll wait till the spring teas come out and I have fewer oolongs in my stash!

Daylon R Thomas

Good idea. I’m curious to see what the spring is like this year, too.

Leafhopper

Apparently there’s a drought in Taiwan, which could reduce the amount of tea produced by 30 to 50 percent. I’m not sure if it would affect the quality. Fingers crossed!

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