Origin : Taiwan, Chia Yi district
Tea colour: Wu Long (light fermentation)
Appearance: leaves rolled into beautiful big pearl shapes.
Colours: nice dark green.
Scents: a very warm, sweet fragrance with pronounced buttery, milky (warm milk), coumarin notes and a vanilla, floral hint.
Brewed leaves (infusion):
Scents: milky, buttery (hot milk), sweet vanilla.
Colours: green liquor with yellow hints.
Texture: thick and smooth texture.
Aromas: round notes: pronounced vanilla, milky (warm milk) and floral (frangipani, honeysuckle) notes with hints of coumarin and coconut milk.
Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: vegetal (stem, sorrel), aniseed notes that gradually emerge, combining with the mellow smoothness at the start.
The name “High Mountain Tea” only applies to teas grown and harvested at an altitude of more than 1,000 m (3,280ft). The principal prouction regions are in the mountain ranges of Shan Lin Xi, Ali Shan and Lishan. The mountains in Li Shan are home to the highest plantation in the world, rising to 2,450 m (8,038ft) at Da Yu Ling.At this altitude, and in a sub-tropical climate, the mountains are enveloped in mist morning and evening, and often for much of the day. The tea bushes in the high mountainsare therefore deprived of much of the sun’s rays and this low level of exposure, with the accompanying lower temperatures, naturally has an effect on the bushes. The leaves contain less catechin but more amino acids and nitrogenous compounds. They are an intense green in colour, rather like a well-kept lawn.Gao Shan Cha can be made from any of the different varieties of tea bush grown for the production of Dong Ding teas.
A superb batch, plucked and processed entirely by hand with the meticulous care reserved for the very finest leaves. Its complex milky and floral bouquet is underpinned by planty and aniseed notes that are unusually long in the mouth.
Throughout the year, our experts travel in the tea plantations looking for the best pluckings and new, rare, delicious teas.
The fact that we travel so extensively, that we taste and buy on location has many advantages and allows us to find rare crops by looking outside the traditional supplier circuit, to taste and to share with you the harvests of small plantations, which are often hidden away.
Visiting tea estates regularly and thereby establishing long-lasting relations with our suppliers allows us to guarantee regular quality control of the teas we buy, and to continue our mission: to bring you the best quality teas and to share our travels and experience with you, while concerning ourselves with environmental issues, working conditions on the estates and the fair trade practices to which we adhere.