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Ali Shan

Smooth, creamy and sublimely floral tea from family-run Epin Tea Farm.
Limited Edition Collection - once it's gone, it's gone.

A fine example of one of Taiwan’s most celebrated teas. This high mountain rolled oolong is lovingly handcrafted by tea master Mr Chiu at his family-run farm in Rueili Village, on the slopes of Ali Shan. Deliciously smooth and buttery, this is a tea renowned for its complex flavours and aromas, with bright floral notes and hints of apricot which change with each infusion.


This tea is also available in the Explore Taiwan Bundle.

Deliciously smooth and buttery with a complex floral aroma.

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A beautifully rounded tea

5

/ 5

I find this tea incredibly clear, sweet and rounded to drink, and second and third infusions continue to provide new depths. The apricot notes still surprise me. I don't usually like to spend extra on tea, I find the basic ones I buy from CantonTea more than satisfying, but this is one that I would spend extra on; I am drawn in by the depth of flavour, and it makes me want to explore tea more.

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Maybe a nice tea, but not for me.

2

/ 5

Recommended to me as being one of the better teas, but way too fragrant for my taste or my wife's. sure it meets other needs but won't be re-ordering or recommending.

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Lovely and smooth

4

/ 5

This is a lovely smooth oolong tea which is a beautiful pale colour. If you're a fan of the pouchong you should try this. It's not quite as buttery but with a lovely dry spicy after taste.

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A wonderful 2013 spring harvest Ali Shan

5

/ 5

This is a lovely oolong with astonishingly intense sweet and buttery/creamy notes. I found that using my gaiwan, brewing this tea gong fu style, works well, delivering three good infusions.

Ali Shan

Great overall oolong

4

/ 5

The smell of this oolong is fantastic - creamy, floral, and very smooth. Such characteristics go with the taste as well. Canton Tea's Ali Shan is not very forgiving with oversteeping and loses much of its flavor after the third steep.

Ali Shan

Third year/batch of this Ali Shan.....just as good as first. Keep it coming.

4

/ 5

I think it is fruity/flowery...very nice and delicate. Perfect for my taste buds. Have not tried it cold/iced.....might have a go...

Beyond 2 gongfu style infusions, 2.5-3 mins each, its coloured hot water - I use 1 heaped tablespoon & a bit for my 200 ml mug. so I wonder how my fellow customers manage to get multiple infusions...good luck anyhow....

Canton Tea, keep up the service and quality standards of tea...thank you!

Ali Shan

Hands down, the best Ali Shan I've tasted so far

5

/ 5

This tea is like the nectar of the gods. The flavor keeps coming from the leaves long after you physicall can't drink anymore. It is sweet and floral and smooth and slightly vegetal and absolutely lovely. Cold brewed, this tea is like divine snow on a pristine mountain top. The price is high, but it matches the experience.

Ali Shan

Delicious

5

/ 5

I thought I would give this tea a go following all the great reviews although I was a little worried about the price! But goodness what a wonderful tea. It's quite complex, sweet and creamy with, I think, a hint of spice. I love it! I must thank Canton Tea for introducing me to so many teas. They bring a lot of joy and happiness into my life! At work I can have a 5 minute escape with a lovely complex tea and forget about everything for just a little while!

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Taste of camomile

3

/ 5

I'm joining a long line of reviewers for this tea, each of them expressing their satisfaction and enjoyment of the product: but here I am entering a note of dissent. The butteriness and smooth mouthfeel I duly acknowledge, but to me the taste is of camomile with a hint of fishiness. I tried making it in a YiSha pot and a gaiwan, with no difference - though admittedly there was some improvement on the third infusion. I think I am alone in my view: I suppose it's just not my cup of tea.

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Such a nice, little tea

5

/ 5

I used a thermometer and got the water to the recommended temperature. I used a gong fu teapot and did all I was supposed to do, and this tea is just wonderful. A soothing, pale green color and a very pleasant taste. I tasted flowers, but I can't tell which flowers. The aroma of the unsteeped tea is heavenly. Steeped, it is creamy, sweet and delicate on the palate. All this time I was drinking the junk from the grocery store and that isn't even cheap. Everybody should try this tea on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

Ali Shan

If you're looking for Oolong, you must visit Canton Tea

5

/ 5

"As expected, it brewed up a gentle green clear liquor, and smelled very sweet. It tasted sweet too, with a slightly creamy background, and fruity notes. I tasted a bit of citrus as well"

For the full review, please visit:

http://www.teaviews.com/2011/04/10/review-canton-tea-co-ali-shan-oolong-3/

Ali Shan

Soft buttery texture

4

/ 5

"After each drink, the tea lingered on the palate with a soft buttery texture. A second steeping with the same time and temperature was equally delicious and no flavor was lost."

For the full review go to: http://www.teaviews.com/2011/02/27/review-canton-tea-co-ali-shan-oolong-2/

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Playful deliciousness

4

/ 5

"There was a playful deliciousness to this tea that made it somehow fun to drink and very enjoyable. The second pot was just as delicious as the first, and the flavours began to mellow out the longer I drank this tea."


For the full review:
http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/819/tea-review-canton-tea-co-ali-shan-oolong-tea-2/

Ali Shan

Excellent oolong!

5

/ 5

I love oolongs, and this is a wonderful easy to drink oolong. Excellent hot, and also very good iced I thought. Sweet, a little flowery, with a hint of spice.

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I am in love with this tea

5

/ 5

Ali Shan Oolong Tea, fantastic !!
I was working in Taiwan for 6 months last year and was introduced to Taiwan High Mountain Tea and fell in love with it immediately.
Watching the leaves unfold in the bottom of the cup is mesmerising and the flavours are unmatched by any other tea i've tried.
Also i like to put some in a cold bottle of still water overnight (leave a little room in the bottle) and it makes the most refreshing cool drink in the morning..

Since coming back home to England i have struggled to source any... until i discovered YOU sell it.

Thankyou

One very happy customer

Mr D

Ali Shan

All in all – this is a pretty darn good oolong.

4

/ 5

My husband accused me of huffing this tea. I don’t know I’d go that far, but oh my goodness, the olfactory treat when I opened the package! This tea smells amazing. Hints of apricots smothered in cream in a sea of oolong-y goodness. I couldn’t wait to get it steeping.

The flavor of this tea is a little more delicate than the scent would suggest. It has a bright, clean taste. The product description said it would be floral – I didn’t getting flowers, but rather almost a spicy afterglow that lingered on my tongue, post swallow. It also has a very silky, smooth texture to the liquid, making it a joy to sip.

And this tea doesn’t disappoint in the visual aspect either. It’s a lovely pale light green. During my first steeping, it was a joy to watch the leaves dance around in the water, unfurling and transforming the water into something special.

Like almost all oolongs, this tea is good for multiple infusions. Perfect for sitting at your desk at work, or relaxing on a lazy afternoon. I also, in deference to the season, tried something which may horrify some purists – I tried this iced. It’s very cooling, and tasty but doesn’t take the ice as well as other oolongs. But all in all – this is a pretty darn good oolong.

See more Canton Tea reviews at: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/category/tea-companies/canton-tea-co-tea-companies/

Ali Shan
Rated 4/5 based on 16 reviews

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Ali Shan is without a doubt one of Taiwan’s greatest and most well-known oolongs. The tea leaves, plucked from the Chin Shin cultivar, grow at a high altitude on the slopes of Ali Shan, at around 1600m, surrounded by farmland and incredible natural beauty. The atmosphere is humid and tropical, but each afternoon a heavy mist descends on the mountain which protects the leaves from extreme sunlight, allowing them to grow slowly enough to develop their unique flavour.

Life at the family-run Epin Tea Garden is busy, with so much tea growing in the surrounding area. The farm has a dedicated team of pickers who have been working with the leaves for a number of years. The leaves are picked early and always before the midday sun hits the bushes. The leaves are withered from midday until around 10pm when they are then rolled for up to 30 minutes in huge cylindrical rollers. They are rested on bamboo racks for two hours before being heated in large drums. By 8am the next morning they are ready to be rolled in cloth sacks, which develops the iconic oolong flavour and gives them their famous ball-like appearance. A final bake enhances the flavour further and brings a rich sweetness to the finished tea whilst capturing the essence of the leaves’ balmy, tropical surroundings.

Other Names - High Mountain Oolong

Chinese Name Ali Shan 阿里山乌龙茶
English Pronunciation ah lee shan
Country Taiwan
Origin Rueili Village, Chiayi County
Tea Farm Epin Tea Garden
Plantation Altitude 1600m
Harvest Date 12th May 2017
Leaf Appearance Tightly rolled large leaves on long stalks
Aroma Rich and buttery with notes of apricot and osmanthus flowers
Liquor Pale yellow
Tasting Notes Floral, apricot, peach
Quick Brewing Instructions 4g, 90°C, 250 ml, 2-2.5 mins
Farmer Mr Chiu

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