This year's Li Shan High Mountain Oolong is an exceptionally well-executed tea from a special subregion within the acclaimed greater growing area of 梨山 Lí Shān (translation Pear Mountain). Expect long-lasting tones simultaneously connoting tropical fruit, dignified vegetation, and florality, all framed within a mineraly back-bone that keeps the sips thick, buttery, and lubracative, always beckoning for that next rip. Sultry and addictive, it's no wonder this tea has won the producer several top awards already this year.
Auspicious occurrences once again unfolded to allow us to come into another completely new-to-Rivers & Lakes contact, this time with the Chen family of Li Shan, a family originally from Zhu Shan further south. The greater Lishan growing area hosts the highest gardens in Taiwan, with several parts of its range eclipsing the 2000 meter mark. Resting between 2000 and 2100 meters, this tea is from the well-aspected and emerging cult classic area called 新佳陽 Xīn Jiā Yáng. Do not miss this one.