The culmination of a truly spectacular expedition that led to some of the most respected terroirs and tea families on the island, this year's Taiwan Series isn't one to sleep on.
We were fortunate to hand-select, and in some cases assist in the production of this year's teas, and are proud of the array of depth and excellence found throughout these teas. All of them are crafted by respected families that regularly place high in regional competitions, and a few of these have already won top prizes this year. Combined, this is a premium, hard-won collection of some of the most choicest oolongs found anywhere.
· The Chen family Li Shan High Mountain Oolong, grown in the subregion of Xin Jia Yang at a brilliantly high 2000 - 2100 meters. This tea has won first place in the annual Renai farmers association tea competition already.
· The Bai family grade A competition Baozhong Oolong, grown in Wenshan outside of Pinglin, grown at the highest gardens this humble growing region on the north side of the island offers, just below 800 meters. This tea has won first place already, and we welcome its annual return to our catalog every year.
· The Lin family traditional roasted Dong Ding Oolong, at an elevation of 700 meters outside of Lugu. This tea experiences a meticulous "yin" roast, where the tea is exposed to a total of 50 hours of roasting, raised at a specific height and suspended together at a specific thickness. The tea is turned every hour, and experiences 3 different temperatures throughout this process. Mr. Lin has won second place for the last few years and is a highly sought after roastmaster by other producers because of his unique approach.
· The Zhan family High Mountain Ali Shan Oolong featuring a slight roast finish, grown in the lush and pristine Dinghu area of Ali Shan just shy of 1700 meters. Mr. Zhan's slight finish in the roast punctuates the fruitiness and aromatics of this vibrant terroir.
· The Yung family High Mountain Shan Lin Xi Oolong, grown in the prestigious Long Feng Xia Dragon Phoenix Gorge area, an area completely enshrouded in dense mist for most of the day. Between 1800-1900 meters, this is the highest growing area in Shan Lin Xi, and it takes extra skill to process these slow growing, dense, and moisture-full leaves. This family regularly wins competitions and as one of the first five families to settle these higher slopes in the early 1980s, we heartily welcome their tea's return to the catalog after working with them for many years.