Shan Lin Xi (杉林溪, pine forrest) is a high-mountain green oolong from Nantou county, Taiwan.
This Spring, Taiwan witnessed heavy rains during the harvest season. Due to the higher water-content of the leaves, a more extended drying process was needed, which resulted light baked, fiery notes in the tea. We call it the butter biscuit-effect.
The 2019 vintage is a very lightsome tea, which immediately grabs the attention with its silky texture. Its taste profile is characterised by an interesting mixture of jasmine and lotus; its finish is somewhat greener, with mild vegetal notes. This vintage is more tender and needs slightly longer infusions.
Shan Lin Xi, with its altitude of 1400 meters above sea level, is amongst the highest tea-growing areas in Taiwan. The cooler temperature slows the growth of tea leaves thus resulting in smaller and more tender leaves. These leaves, similarly to those of a gyokuro, are richer in both amino acids and caffeine.
Quantity: 5-6 gram per 150ml gaiwan.
Water temperature: 90ºC. From fresh spring water or filtered water.
Brewing time: 20-25…seconds