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Shan Lin Xi Sampler
In Nantou County, Taiwan we were so happy to find the highly prized Shan Lin Xi in two different roasting styles. The tightly coiled leaves of both teas don't differ much in appearance but the contrast in taste was illuminating.
The aroma of the lightly roasted Shan Lin Xi possessed soft and sweet orchid notes. The infusions were light and refreshing. The body of the tea was slender and ephemeral, releasing a floral sweetness around the tongue as it traveled down the throat. We loved the tropical notes of young coconut and mango. The aftertaste of sugarcane continued to build and last throughout the luxuriant finish. A lingering honey note beckoned from the bottom of the cup.
Shan Lin Xi - Medium Roast shares many of the sweet and floral characteristics of it's lighter sibling but the longer roasting time gives this tea some extra dimensions. The aroma of the heated leaves had a denser, malted sweetness that made mouths water. The first few sips gave us a fuller body with juicy peach notes and a little bitter almond. We were treated to a smooth and silky texture that transformed into a dry finish perfumed with lilies.
Both teas come from the same garden so this is great way to comparison taste and know what a difference a little roasting makes.
Our sampler includes:
Shan Lin Xi - Light Roast:
Shan Lin Xi - Medium Roast:
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Winter Harvest 2009 Shan Lin Xi
Shan Lin Xi comes from Central Taiwan in Nantou County. It is considered a high mountain oolong because the trees are planted above 1700 meters sea level.
While Shan Lin Xi is considered a "modern" oolong since it's development started in the 1970's, it's rich and complex flavor profile and small production earned it a quick and lasting popularity. Today, premium quality Shan Lin Xi is a highly coveted oolong among Taiwanese tea connoisseurs
Unlike many lightly roasted Taiwanese oolongs which cool the body, we found both Shan Lin Xi's had a warming chaqi. Winnie and Dae both felt an unusual amount heat and dampness in their hands and necks.
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