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Ali Shan Black

A rare and unusual black tea from the slopes of Ali Shan.
Limited Edition Collection - once it's gone, it's gone.

This black tea is grown high on the slopes of Ali Shan in Taiwan, from the Chin Shin cultivar that is usually reserved for the area’s more well-known oolong teas. These fine, dark tea leaves brew pleasantly sweet liquor, with a heady eucalyptus aroma and rich notes of cinnamon, caramel and clementine.

A pleasantly sweet black tea with distinctive cinnamon and citrus notes.

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*Based on a 5g serving, infused twice

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This is a rarely seen black tea from Ali Shan, Taiwan. Taiwan’s black tea industry has suffered in recent years, with the western market opting to buy from India and Africa where the leaves command a much cheaper price. Fortunately we have small, independently run farms like Epin Tea Garden, which create small, experimental batches of unique Taiwanese black teas, and keep the style alive.

While the final teas are incredibly different, Ali Shan black shares some processing methods with Mr Chiu’s oolong of the same name. Once picked, the leaves are gently wilted in the sun before being brought indoors where they are gently tossed, encouraging them to partially oxidise. Once they have wilted further, they are crushed until they oxidise fully, giving them their full black tea characteristics before they are finally dried. This produces an astonishingly sweet tea with distinctive cinnamon and citrus notes.

Harvesting Area Rueili Village, Chiayi County, Taiwan
Plantation Altitude 1600m
Harvest Date 30th May 2017
Tasting Notes Dark brown sugar, cinnamon, caramel, clementine
Quick Brewing Instructions 5g, 95°C, 250ml, 2 mins
Picking Standard 1 bud, 2 leaves