ali shan special

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makes 5 cups
52ยข per infusion
Ali Shan, Taiwan
Yu Ting Chen
Apr 2019
Our 2019 Ali Shan Special is buttery and amazingly rich. It brews a very complex, silky cup that speaks of its high altitude origin and beautiful tender leaves. A truly satisfying cup for anyone partial to oolongs.

This tea contains a high level of caffeine | Steep at 212° for 2-3 minutes.

Fresh From Origin

It is typical for tea farmers in Taiwan to harvest their crops five times a year. However, Ali Shan and other high mountain teas are only harvested twice a year. This is usually done in October and June. The picking standard consists of 2 to 4 young, hand plucked leaves. They are then withered, reducing the moisture content and then oxidized using bamboo trays.

The leaves are then processed in cloth bags, which are rolled, removing any residual moisture and stopping oxidation. A classic Ali Shan is usually oxidized to around 30 or 40 percent, yielding a light-medium oolong.

Free Sample Offer

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Yu Ting Chen

tea farmer

How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I was brought up in tea mountains and started picking tea when I was a teenager. It's been 25-28 years.

Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
Every day I get up at 5:30 in the morning, go to check in at the tea garden around 6am to 7am until 10am I will take rest. After lunch around 1:30 I will go to tea garden again, for weeding and fertilizing, etc. until 5 pm.

What is your favorite part of growing tea?
I like the pan-firing part, the temperature at that time is really high so it can release the leaf's flavor. It is really good and feels nice when I smell the scent.

Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
The difficult part of tea plucking is worker problems, due to the weather changes. All the tea in high altitude is harvested almost at the same time, but there are not enough workers for it, so sometimes we cannot follow the schedule to process, this problem will get worse in the future.

Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
I usually follow my heart to make a cup of tea, see the color of liquid, take time to make your tea. You will taste different beautiful flavor.