Oolong Tea

Ali Shan

Fragrant, Graceful, Creamy Chenjia Garden, Ali Shan, Taiwan
Uniquely creamy with floral notes and spring woodland freshness. An outstanding expression of high mountain oolong tea, grown in the lofty heights of one of Taiwan’s most breathtaking national parks.

Ali Shan

阿里山乌龙茶

Grown at around 1,500m in the Ali Shan mountain range, tea master Chen Shengteng produces wonderful gaoshan (high mountain) oolong tea. This authentic example uses the classic Jin Xuan cultivar, known for a creamy character that has earned it the nickname 'milky oolong'. At such high altitudes, the garden is surrounded by a constant mist that hydrates and enriches the tea plants. Expertly rolled and masterfully processed, the leaves encapsulate an enchanting, floral aroma and iconically creamy flavour.

  • Cultivar - Jin Xuan
  • Picked - Spring/Winter
  • Oxidisation level - 20%

Tasting notes

  • What to Look For

    Tightly rolled large leaves on long stalks.

  • Aroma

    Creamy with beautiful hints of strawberry and pear.

  • In the Cup

    Vibrant and bright yellow.

  • Taste

    Refreshing and sappy with baked cream, strawberry and pear complexities.

Origin

Grown at around 1,500m in the Ali Shan mountain range, tea master Chen Shengteng produces wonderful gaoshan (high mountain) oolong tea. This authentic example uses the classic Jin Xuan cultivar, known for a creamy character that has earned it the nickname 'milky oolong'. At such high altitudes, the garden is surrounded by a constant mist that hydrates and enriches the tea plants. Expertly rolled and masterfully processed, the leaves encapsulate an enchanting, floral aroma and iconically creamy flavour.

  • Cultivar - Jin Xuan
  • Picked - Spring/Winter
  • Oxidisation level - 20%

Origin

Tasting notes

  • What to Look For

    Tightly rolled large leaves on long stalks.

  • Aroma

    Creamy with beautiful hints of strawberry and pear.

  • In the Cup

    Vibrant and bright yellow.

  • Taste

    Refreshing and sappy with baked cream, strawberry and pear complexities.

The perfect cup

  • Measure 4g or 2 tsp per cup (250ml)
  • Heat water to 100°C
  • Infuse tea for 3 minutes
  • You can infuse this tea up to 3 times

Customer Reviews

1 of 11 Reviews
98% of 100
4.9 out of 5
  1. Rating
    100%

    2 years ago

    METAPHYSICAL

    A tasty cup of JING Ali Shan is for me much more than just a somewhat ostentatiously exotic warm beverage. It is an anchor for my soul, a beacon of hope, a pole star of certain reassurance. It is good evidence that in all its infinite mystery, the cosmic consciousness is biased towards the good.
  2. Rating
    100%

    4 years ago

    Deliciously refreshing

    I have recently been introduced to oolong teas and this is my absolute favourite. Light and refreshing, this is now my every day afternoon treat. I reuse the leaves over many cups, so it's worth every penny
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    100%

    4 years ago

    Good quality, reasonable price and prompt delivery

    Makes a good quality and nice fresh tasting cuppa. Personally I don't brew it for quite as long as it recommends but I guess thats just personal taste. Slightly more expensive than some other brands but probably worth the extra.
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    100%

    4 years ago

    Tea time

    Have a large bag in the drawer at work. Love the smell and watching the leaves unfold.
  5. Rating
    100%

    5 years ago

    Totally delicious

    This is totally delicious, I find it both soothing and invigorating. An everyday must.
  6. Rating
    100%

    5 years ago

    A very satisfying Oolong

    A beautiful creamy buttery aroma and taste, accompanied by plenty of dark green vegetal (almost sea-weedy) notes.A lovely long finish as well - that buttery quality really lingers at the back of the throat. Best Oolong I've had for a long time.Delivery time and customer focus was also very impressive.
  7. Rating
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    5 years ago

    Never fails

    I've ordered this tea a number of times from Jing and it never fails to deliver. The first infusion is delicate with hints of what's to come - the second, third and fourth infusions are full of fresh flavours with slight sweetness, a rich mouth feel and no tannin or bitterness whatsoever. The fifth infusion starts to introduce bitterness and loses the fullness of previous brews, and that's where it gets discarded. A fabulous tea to sit and enjoy in some quality me time.
  8. Rating
    100%

    9 years ago

    Rich and buttery with muscatel wine flavours

    I could smell rich buttery aromas as soon as I opened the sample pack of this. When I added the tightly rolled leaves to my freshly washed glass jug, and they first touched moisture, I smelt this amazing fermented yak butter! Now, that's quite a surprise because I've never smelt real yak butter, but that's immediately what my brain told me was there.I washed the leaves for 30 seconds, and then made a first infusion. It was amazing; so creamy, with a muscatel wine flavour. Imagine if you found the most beautiful velvety white wine which tasted of fine darjeeling tea, and then you drank that hot- that approximates what you taste with this.The buttery richness stays in the second infusion, and drinking this is truly a rewarding experience. It makes me think of the finest Australian white wines, the best darjeeling tea, and yaks! that's quite a tea.
  9. Rating
    80%

    9 years ago

    Superb smooth fruity tea

    This is the first of the lighter colour Oolongs I have tried. Its fantastic- a lovely smooth fruity taste- Havent tried further steeps yet.
  10. Rating
    100%

    9 years ago

    Wonderful memories

    I fell for oolong tea at business meetings in Taiwan (the meetings always started with a tumbler containg the tea leaves plonked in front of me, hot water poured in and no business discussed until the tea leaves had unfurled and infused and I had taken the first sip) and I have been trying ever since to recapture the memories (of the tea, not the meetings)Jing Teas a li shan oolong hits the spot perfectlyI normally start my day around 05.00 and this tea is the perfect first drink of the day - delicate, cleansing and refreshingI prefer a lighter touch than Mr Pennington (one heaped teaspoon for me) but I agree with everything he says about the multiple infusions, although I normally stop at three and have never tried numbers five or six
  11. Rating
    100%

    10 years ago

    An oolong in a class of its own

    As soon as I opened the vacuum sealed packet to this tea and smelt its rich, fruity and almost nutty aroma I knew I was in for a special experience with this tea. It is quite green for an oolong, which is pleasing for an avid green tea fan like me.After a few attempts with different steeping times and quantities I have settled on one dessert spoon for two minutes with water at about 85 degrees C. I infuse it in my glass teapot as I love watching the small rolls of tea unroll into a very deep green full leave.The aroma whilst it brews is even better than when it is fresh out of the packet although it is its clean, unique, nutty, fruity and bright flavour that has made this my favourite tea so far in Jing‰'s range. I steeped it four times with the 3rd steeping being the best, although I think it could easily be steeped 5 or maybe even 6 times. This is truly an exceptional oolong that I cannot recommend more highly.
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