Shi Zuo Oolong Tea

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Spring 2014

Shi Zuo oolong tea (wu long tea) is grown in the Shi Zuo (Stone Table) area of Alishan (Mount Ali). At an altitude of 1300 meters, Shi Zuo has a cool, moist climate that is ideal for growing tea.

Shi Zuo oolong tea is hand picked and hand processed in the traditional manner of Taiwanese High Mountain oolongs. The processing results in ball-shaped tea pellets which consist of two or three leaves and a bud. These pellets open up during brewing to release the full flavor of the tea.

In order to experience the full potential of this tea, we recommend brewing it Gong Fu style. This method of brewing brings out the sweetness and complex undertones that mark this tea as one of the best that Taiwan has to offer.

Season
Spring 2014
Varietal
Cui Yu (Jade - taicha #13 - 台茶+三號)
Origin
Shi Zhuo Village (阿里), Ali Shan, Chia Yi County, Taiwan
Elevation
1,300 meters (4,300 feet)
Chinese Name
阿里山石棹烏龍茶
Pinyin
Ālǐ shān shí zhuō wūlóngchá

Sample Available: Chong Pei Sample Pack


Customer Reviews:

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by Kayleigh T.
Raw this tea consists of dark green leaves that have been rolled into small balls with a sweet, creamy and vegetal scent. Steep 1 – 1 minute infusion – gongfu style Pale yellow in colour with a sweet and creamy with buttery notes. It reminds me a little of fresh cabbage water so it is vegetal and green tasting but also sweet and light. Steep 2 – 2 minutes Increasing strength this is now very vegetal and reminds me of sugar snap peas. Also getting a bit of dryness on my tongue. Still very sweet. Steep 3 – 3 minutes It’s definitely sugar snap pea’s, I snack on them from time to time and it has the same flavour and sweetness. I can only describe the flavour as green but cannot explain what that means…natural…vegetal…a little floral…when you see green planted food you imagine what it tastes like and this is the same as that. Overall it’s a nice Oolong in taste and quality.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

by Iggy P.
Very good and interesting oolong. My review is here: http://www.teablr.com/?p=614

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

by Ainee B.
I decided to brew this tea for five minutes with one rinse of tea leaves for a full minute and leaving it to steep with covering on. When I remove the covering from my cup the tea leaves are fuller and green in color; as I scooped them out I am noticing how the leaves looks just the way they were plucked from the tea bush; two bud/two leaves method. If I am using the right term; anyhow, the leaves are full with two leaves per stems. I put the leaves aside and simply take a sip of the tea while noticing its color which is a bright yellow/golden orb of amber with yellow base. Tea is smooth when I taste it; it is cleanly with no astringent. It is more floral like and sweetly-smooth. Tea from Taiwan, thank you for sending this sample for me to experience and review. This is a most enjoyable oolong tea.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

by Davy L.
First and all this is my very first tea review, I received the sample pack shi zuo oolong, upon opening the package the first thing that spots my eye is the nice greenish collor of the leafs. Since i don't own a gong fu set atm i'm a bit forced to brew it western, semi western style. For my first infusing i used a timer and infused for a small minute. and the color of the tea turns out to be beautifull bright green! l Upon cooling down a bit it taste very sweet and perhaps a bit creamy texture, have to say it tastes very good! second infusion turns out to be even a bit more brighter green! More floral, more creamy very great taste! Going to do a few more infusions and i'm expecting more of the same quality very nice tea indeed!

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars [4 of 5 Stars]

by Dima A.
I have been drinking the Shi Zuo tea. I think it matches your description, but I felt it faded too quick and it was very sensitive to water temperature. The first 4 infusions were good or very good, with nice complex taste, felt a lot of fruit (pear). But then with a little hotter water it became unbalanced and the following infusions with cooler water were nice, but lacked the "wow" factor of first infusions.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars [4 of 5 Stars]

by Mary R.
I cannot say enough about this tea. Without a doubt, it is the best Oolong tea I've ever tasted. It has a wonderfuly balance of floral, sweetness, and heaven. With the first taste I said aloud, Mmmmmm, this is a perfect tea." I surprised myself. I've tried 6 of your Oolongs, and I have to say this is one perfect tea. It has the ability to make me forget about the nagging boss. :)

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

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