0

Your Cart is Empty

Tea Review: Rishi Tea: Shan Lin Xi Gao Shan Cha

December 06, 2009

0 Comments

Shan Lin Xi Gao Shan Cha

A while ago I reviewed a Formosa Shanlinxi high mountain oolong from auraTeas. Not terribly long after that I received a sample of Rishi Tea’s Shan Lin Xi Gao Shan Cha Oolong, and I was quite interested in finding out how different the teas would be from each other. They are both from the Shan Lin Xi region of Nantou, Taiwan, and I would expect they would have been processed using nearly identical methods, perhaps even by tea farmers who know each other. So I thought they would be almost indistinguishable.

Shan Lin Xi Gao Shan ChaBut I was mistaken. Unlike the oolong from auraTeas, which exhibited such a strong note of lemon grass, the oolong from Rishi had, as described in the company’s description, notes of evergreen. I was also aware of a flavor similar to thyme, which I can not remember ever associating with a tea before.

Part of Rishi’s description reads:

Shan-Lin-Xi is an independent and secluded area in Nantou. There is almost only one way in and out of the tea gardens. The tea from this garden has a flavor that is totally different from other areas in Taiwan. Because of the closed geography, the environmental humidity is very high and the weather changes so often. It’s so difficult to make good tea there during the rainy spring season so good Shan-Lin-Xi tea is sold at very high prices.

This tea is known as “Gao Shan Cha” or high mountain tea. It has a character that is best suited to gong fu brewing using a guywan. The tealeaves are tender and have a rich content of amino acids and aromatic essential oils. It is best to use water below boiling, about 190 degrees f to preserve the aroma.

It was an interesting opportunity to taste two teas that were this similar. Both teas are of high quality and are quite enjoyable to drink, but I am surprised at how different they are from each other. I think part of this may be attributed to the fact that Rishi’s Shan Lin Xi is more highly oxidized than auraTeas’ is, but it could also be due to the Qing Xin varietal that produces the leaves for Rishi’s oolong. Both, of course, are very green, lightly oxidized, high-mountain oolongs, much more similar in character to each other than to aged or darker Taiwanese oolong teas. From Rishi’s description:

This special batch is more fermented than usual giving it an alluring mouth feel. Its flavor and aroma is clear and pure with accents of fresh evergreen and wild flowers. It can be brewed many times and has a long lasting flavor and aroma that lingers on the palate and lsts for many infusions.

Note: Rishi Tea’s preparation instructions recommend a porcelain gaiwan, which I have also used for this tea. It was indeed a better brewing vessel than the glass gaiwan shown.

Possibly Related Posts:




Also in Blog: Cheap, Deals, Reviews, Best, Online, Free

At the Tea Table with Emeric Harney of Harney & Sons

June 17, 2019 0 Comments

Emeric Harney

In 1983, the family-run tea company Harney & Sons was born. At the time, John Harney started production out of his basement in Salisbury, Connecticut.Today they are headquartered in Millerton, New York where they also run the Millerton Shop. In 2010, Emeric Harney, the grandson of John Harney and 3rd generation Master Tea Blender, opened up the popular Harney & Sons SoHo Shop. While supervising that location, Emeric is also the Marketing Director for his family‘s tea business. At the tea table Emeric shared how his tea journey began at just 3 years old, what his personal tea sessions look like, a tea advice his grandfather passed down to him, and much more.

Read More
What My Tea Says to Me: Tea Song

June 17, 2019 0 Comments

         Roots of life,                connected,          resonant,               deep. Breathe love’s song.             Found.          Stillness.               Be. Image provided and copyright held by author Read more articles by this author here!

The post What My Tea Says to Me: Tea Song appeared first on T Ching.

Read More
Great Canadian Casinos BC

June 15, 2019 0 Comments

Victoria Great Canadian casinos bc Victoria as well as Great Canadian Gambling Enterprise– Sight Royal Victoria in British Columbia uses the visitor all that their heart wishes. Victoria in British Columbia uses one the very best of historical structures that you can stroll previous and also appreciate the fantastic style. Victoria in British Columbia offers [...]

The post Great Canadian Casinos BC appeared first on The Daily Tea.

Read More

Subscribe

Spin to win Spinner icon