Four Seasons Oolong
Si Ji Chun
Lightly fermented, poorly baked, half-sphere rolled oolong tea, from the raw material of the same kind of plants. Grown and manufactured at Song Bo tea farm.
The Four Seasons Spring oolong is named of its unusual freshness of flavour and taste, which does not depend on the harvest period and they store for a long time. This is one of the most popular Taiwanese teas. Si Ji Chun plants give a very rich harvest that makes the tea much affordable. In its processing technology, Si Ji Chun is similar to famous high-grown teas of Taiwan (Li Shan, A Li Shan, Shan Lin Xi). When compared with high-grown teas, this kind is characterized by its more simple but pleasant and fresh aroma. It has a deep smell of spring flowers and fresh herbs, a dense sweet infusion with nicely refreshing astringency, and a long aftertaste. This is a great alternative to green teas and expensive oolongs. “Formosa Taiwan Tea” is glad to offer such beautiful product for you at an excellent price.
Four Seasons Spring Oolong tea is very unpretentious for making. It is suitable both for brewing in a teapot and drinking from ordinary glass. Take about 1 teaspoon to 200 ml and pour with boiling water of 80-100°C.
Such tea is perfect for the close of a dinner, and it reduces the sense of heaviness into the stomach and gives cheerfulness. In the heat, it will quench the thirst better than any common water or fizzy lemonade. In the cold, it will warm with the hot smell of spring flowers. The cup of Four Seasons Spring oolong tea drunk in the morning will tone you up and cheer you up for a whole day.
Ju Shan Jin Xuan
Golden Daylily from Bamboo Mountain
Lightly fermented, poorly baked, half-sphere rolled oolong tea, from the raw material of Jin Xuan cultivar. Grown at Lu Gu region and manufactured at Ju Shan tea farm.
Jin Xuan is one of the unique Taiwanese tea cultivars that even with modern agricultural engineering is impossible to repeat nowhere in the world. Tea properties are much depend on a place of growing. Plants of Jin Xuan cultivar, grown in the central part of Taiwan at a height of 500-800 m above mean sea level, give extraordinary milky shade of taste that became the cause of a chain of flavoured teas. The feature of Jin Xuan oolong tea is a natural manifestation of sweet milky tones in taste and aroma provided growing right on such altitudes and meticulous delicate manufacturing. Tea leaves are picked by hand in the morning time and manufactured for several days. Just the skill of a tea maker affects on how expressively such tones in the tea would show. “Formosa Taiwan Tea” is able to offer you to estimate the work of superb masters.
This tea will glad you brewed in a teacup too. But for the pleasure you ought to put it in a teapot, warmed with boiling water, and fill with slightly cooled water. Then the tea will disclose the intensity of flavour and aroma bouquet better. If you use the traditional way of tea drinking, Jhu Shan Jin Xuan oolong tea would pleasantly surprised you that it can be brewed over and over again not loosing its properties. The tea drinking with such grade of tea is enough already. Ask your friends and relatives to spend the time tastefully. For the tea drinking candied peels and nuts are also well suitable, which do not bring down the delicate flavour of this tea.
Ali Shan Oolong
Oolong from Ali Mountain
Medium fermented, medium baked, half-sphere rolled oolong tea. Grown and manufactured at Ali Shan tea farm.
Ali Shan range, which the tea was named (the word “Alit” means “ancestor mountain” in several Taiwanese indigene languages), is a popular mountain resort and natural preserve area in the island. Time and again in a packaging design the red narrow-gauge geared steam locomotive used, it is the tourist attraction. A narrow-gauge railway was constructed by the Japanese during their possession of the island originally for logging. Now it is a tourist line. By the way, it should be noted that the Japanese later recovered all chopped forests.
The mountains are famous for its remarkable sights, very mild climate and for its teas. The tea manufacturing in this area was started since the second half of the last century. “Ali Shan” cultivar is a visiting card of this place, one of the well-known teas in the world, the pride of tea makers from Nantou and Chiayi Counties, at the junction of which the area is located. “Formosa Taiwan Tea” is proud of Ali Shan oolong tea and gladly proposes it for you. The character of this elegant tea transmits all the fascination of its origin. In the play of flavour you will feel both a coldness of mountains and a heat of the Sun, mountain forest, morning dew, a freshness of verdure and a great variety of tones. The taste of tea shows the milky softness and duration, which are appropriate to the Nantou teas.
Ali Shan oolong is perfect for the usual brewing also and superior in traditional tea drinking. Perhaps, you should not take too much tea leaves for steeping. The more the quality level of tea, the less it should be taken. If you steep it in a teacup, you would need just a few tea leaves. When steeping in a teapot, it would be enough the one teaspoon for a volume of 250 ml. For a traditional tea drinking in gaiwan or yixing teawares, take a quarter of the total. As a raw is used the flush, a young shoot of 3-4 leaves. When the flushes disclose during steeping, they occupy the whole volume of a teaware. You should not fail to admire of weak tea shapes. You can see there the youth of a shoot, all the tenderness and softness of manual manufacturing.
To disclose its features all around, it is better to use the mild water and cool the boiling water to 80-90°C. Ali Shan oolong tea will certainly show the delicacy of flavour. It will be indispensible in business negotiations, for taking guests and as a separate entertainment.
Shan Lin Xi Long Feng Xia
Pine Forest Stream, Dragon and Phoenix Canyon
Lightly fermented, poorly baked, half-sphere rolled oolong tea. Grown and manufactured at Shan Ling Xi tea farm.
Shan Ling Xi is one of the famous places in central Taiwan, where the oolongs are producing. Together with Li Shan and Ali Shan it is a triad of the best high mountain oolong teas. The gardens of this region are located at an altitude 1600-1800 m. and they were created in 1970s. Nowadays, the production of such place is especially appreciated. The region of Long Feng Xia (Dragon and Phoenix Canyon) specifically stands out, and its tea is considered the best at Shan Ling Xi. Growing tea so high in mountains impedes the manufacturing. It reduces the amount of harvest and respectively increases the cost. But just on high altitudes the tea has especial sweetness, and the quantity of healthy substances raise significantly. Shan Ling Xi area is known for its picturesque coniferous forests and crystal mountain streams with waterfalls.
Owing to unique soil and climatic conditions and tender manufacturing, this kind of tea has delicate flavour with flowery bouquet and pine tones. The infusion of Shan Ling Xi oolong tea is oily thick and sweet, without bitterness and unpleasant astringency. Such tea is possible to drink on an empty stomach for those who are not recommended by doctors to drink green tea, because it would not irritate the gastric mucosa. Shan Ling Xi will be fine either in the heat, due to its fresh mountain nature, or in the cold, when your body would be warmed by the spirit of coniferous forest.
To have the largest pleasure, Shan Ling Xi oolong tea requires some attention in making. Certainly, it may be brewed in usual tea cup, just threw there several tea leaves and pour them on with boiling water. The result will be good. But to disclose the whole of its delicacy and rich play of aroma tints more, you should put the tea in previously warmed services. Better brew it with boiling water cooled to 80-90°C. You may steep it several times, increasing steeping time and the water temperature gradually. When traditionally maked “by pouring”, the tea support very long tea party. The tea will show itself ideally in the ceremony, disclosed an interesting play of changes. Pay special attention to the flavour of tea, remained in a teacup after the tea was drunk. This fading flavour gives you a particular pleasure.
Li Shan Oolong
Oolong from Pear Mountain
Lightly fermented, poorly baked, half-sphere rolled oolong tea. Grown and manufactured at Li Shan tea farm.
Li Shan region is located at the junction of Taichung and Nantou County. Here are the highest mountain tea terraces in the world. Yet some time ago fruit gardens grew in these lands. People say that growing tea leaf absorbs the aroma of flowering trees surrounding the plantations.
The flavour of Li Shan oolong tea, first of all, is the freshness, passing into floral and fruit notes. Li Shan oolong tea is very rich in exquisite smell tints. Do not be lazy and try the traditional way of meeting this tea, when for enjoying the smell of dry leaf it should be warmed with your own breath. This tea is worth it to absorb all sorts of experiences it contains in itself. For the tea would show the abundance of smell tints, it requires heat and moisture. Warm the tea with your breath and you will feel as the flavour varies from mountain freshness to a soft honey fruit tone. You can put the tea in a teapot, warmed with boiling water, and shake several times. Then the tea may show its first change in flavour too.
The infusion of Li Shan oolong tea is sweet and oily, absolutely without astringency. The aftertaste is very long with noticeable saliva secretion and menthol cool, indicating the very rich content of essential oil in the raw material.
This tea is quite noble and it deserves the most attentive cooking. It must be served rather as a separate entertainment or as an addiction to the light dessert, which would not kill the fine tones of the tea. The delicacy of Li Shan oolong tea will perfectly show your guests the elegance of your choice. For the tea ceremony master it would be a great pleasure to work with Li Shan. The tea will bring a lot of changes and impressions. The tea drinking will be long enough. For those people, who do not use Gongfu Cha form, Li Shan oolong tea also will show its best sides. Even just cooked in haste into a teacup and drunk cold, this tea gives pleasure and a good mood.
The brewing is not difficult. Try the most appropriate method. Take the water with a temperature of 70-100°C, steep it longer or pour off the infusion at once. Anyway, this first steeped tea would not be spoiled and it would manifest itself well. Recommended is to take the tea less than usual, because the tightly half-sphere rolled flushes open when steeping and fill the entire volume of a teapot. When the tea is drunk, remains weak tea leaves, “the tea bottom”. You should not fail to admire the tea bottom of Li Shan oolong tea. You can see young shoots of 2-3 leaves was picked by hand carefully and manufactured tenderly. The tea leaf keeps its integrity and delicacy. The freshness of tea and the youth of raw are indicated by intensely green colour of weak tea leafs.
Da Yu Ling 102K
High-grown Da Yu Ling Oolong
Lightly fermented, poorly baked, half-sphere rolled oolong tea from the raw material of Qing Xin cultivar. Grown and manufactured at the altitude of 2,800 m in Da Yu Ling tea farm.
Taiwan is known as a producer of the highest-grown teas in the world. Da Yu Ling is a mountain ridge, which famous for its tea plantations. The tea growing in such inaccessible place is not easy, but exactly local characteristics of soil, water and air gives exceptional powe, sweetness and long aftertaste to the tea.
This kind of tea is manufactured by hand completely. The production of Da Yu Ling is very small, about 1000 kg per year, and therefore it is the one of the rare variety at the global market.
Very smooth, sweet, strong and perfect. The appearance of Da Yu Ling already causes delight. The flavour envelopes gently and invades the whole body. The aftertaste is long, powerful and strong. The tea is great in Gongfu Cha ceremony and it is beautiful in any way of making.
This tea is really a rarity, cause there are no tea gardens at the Da Yu Ling at the moment. This is the last harvest from 102K tea garden, November-2015. The quantity is very small.
Fushou Shan Oolong
Oolong from Fushou Mountain
Lightly fermented, poorly baked, half-sphere rolled oolong tea. Grown and manufactured at Fushou Shan tea farm.