Fall is here. The leaves are changing, the sun comes up later, and the mornings are cooler. Although I drink hot tea year round, it is during this time of the year that a hot cup of tea is even more appealing. As my grandmother used to say… “it warms my bones,” which is wonderful since, I tend to be cold all the time. The hot mug warms my hands and the liquor embraces the chest, spreading the warmth throughout my body. Today, I’m enjoying a cup of Ali Shan Oolong also known as Taiwan Wu Long.
Composition: Oolong tea from Taiwan.
Dry Visual: Bright green with hint of yellow tightly rolled leaves. Stems are present.
Dry Aroma: Fresh, clean, sweet smell with floral hints.
Flavor: I admit, I am biased. I love the taste of oolong, especially a good Ali Shan Oolong and this tea is no exception. A greener oolong, this tea has a complex flavor. Ali Shan Oolong has a clean yet mildly grassy taste. As the dry aroma reflects, there are floral notes as well. Ali Shan Oolong, is full-bodied, yet smooth in the mouth.
Ali Shan Oolong is naturally sweet and requires no sweetener. Any sweetener, it seems would negatively impact the flavor profile. As the cup cooled, I found the liquor became increasingly sweeter, further validating the need to enjoy Ali Shan pure without adding a sweetener. However, while sweet, I found the liquor to have a little dryness.
Liquor: A bright green hue.
Brewing Time: Canton Tea Company recommends steeping 1 tsp Ali Shan Oolong Tea for for 1 – 2 minutes in water with a temperature around 90°C (194°F). I steeped for 2 minutes during the first infusion.
Manufacturer: Canton Tea Company
If you have had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of Ali Shan Oolong Tea, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!
~Tea was provided as a sample from Canton Tea Company.