Spring 2020. Alishan. Sweet, complex, excellent value.
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.
Sample Available: Chong Pei Sample Pack
|Harvest Date||April 2020|
| Varietal ||Cui Yu (Jade - TaiCha #13 - 翠玉 - 台茶十三號)|
|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|
Here are some guidelines for brewing Shi Zuo oolong tea. These are meant as a starting point only. Please adjust to suit your individual preferences.
- Brewing vessel: 150cc (5 US fluid ounces)
- 6 grams of tea leaves
- Water temperature: 85 - 90 C (185 - 195 F)
- Infusion durations: 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 4 minutes
The taste of the brewed tea is affected by the water quality, water temperature, amount of tea leaves, type of brewing vessel and the duration of each infusion.