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Seasonal Tea — High Mountain

2018 Winter Li Shan

Doug Palas 2018 High Mountain oolong tea Taiwan

2018 Winter Li Shan

The quality of a tea is determined by three primary factors: the cultivar or the specific type of tea plant, the processing steps used, and the terroir, a French term used to describe the different aspects of the environment from which it was grown. With Taiwan oolong teas it is just one aspect of terroir that garners lots of attention: The elevation at which the tea was grown. The highest grown teas are labeled goa shan cha or high mountain tea with a growing elevation of over 1000 masl. Taiwan has more mountains that produce high mountain oolongs than any...

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2017 Iron Goddess of Mercy

Doug Palas 2017 China High Mountain Hubei oolong tea

2017 Iron Goddess of Mercy

Iron Goddess of Mercy is one of the most recognizable types of oolong - the name alone makes it memorable. Unfortunately its legacy is being tarnished to the point that tea producers of Iron Goddess from just a few decades wouldn’t be able to recognize the transformation in flavor that it has undergone in such a short period of time.  Tie quan yin, or Iron Goddess of Mercy is both a cultivar and tea process. Many different legends tell of the origin, but it’s widely accepted the tie quan yin cultivar first appeared in Anxi County in Fujian, China. Iron...

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2017 Winter Shan Lin Xi

Doug Palas 2017 High Mountain oolong tea Taiwan

2017 Winter Shan Lin Xi

The small island nation of Taiwan is dotted with several tea-producing mountains. During the 1970s and ‘80s, Taiwan’s tea growers experimented with the relationship between cultivar, process, and elevation. Elevations over 1000 meters above sea level certain varieties of tea to develop incredibly complex floral aromas and flavors that are attributed to slowed growth. Light oxidation, combined with light baking, further accentuates these incredible nuances in flavor and aroma. This is our second offering this year from Shan Lin Xi. We also offered a spring harvested version of this tea. Comparatively the spring is lighter in body, and a bit...

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2017 Golden Phoenix Oolong

Doug Palas 2017 China Guangdong High Mountain oolong tea

2017 Golden Phoenix Oolong

Southeastern China is the birthplace of oolong tea. Oolongs originated in the Wuyi mountain range located in northern Fujian province roughly 1000 years ago. According to old Chinese tax records, Fujian’s neighbor to the west, Guangdong province, has produced oolong for nearly 900 years. The oolong grown in Guangdong was certainly influenced by the manufacturing processes developed in Northern Fujian, but makes use of a unique strain of an old tea cultivar called dan cong. Dan cong was originally produced in the Golden Phoenix mountain range, which is why these teas are often referred to as Golden Phoenix Oolongs whether...

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2017 Ancient Black Pearl

Doug Palas 2017 Black Tea High Mountain Thailand

2017 Ancient Black Pearl

In Southeast Asia, the Camellia sinensis plant has been cultivated for thousands of years. In countries such as Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand there exist pockets of assamica variety tea trees of unknown origin. They were planted generations ago, but still produce harvestable tea. Often they were abandoned and rediscovered. Some tea buyers call these “wild” tea trees. To the best of my knowledge, wild growing Camellia sinensis plants to make tea don’t exist. In actuality, these old trees were planted with intention of being harvested. The term I prefer to use these for old heirloom trees is “ancient,” since it...

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