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Alishan Red Oolong
Alishan Red Oolong
Alishan Red Oolong
Alishan Red Oolong
Alishan Red Oolong

Alishan Red Oolong

Regular price $5.00

Alishan Red Oolong


**The 2021 version of this tea was finished in mid-June and has that same 'creamy black teaness' and rose florals that have made this tea the favorite of so many!**

There is only one organic/regenerative tea garden left in the famous tea growing area of Alishan, Taiwan (as far as we know) and we were lucky enough to snag some of their beautiful Red Oolong. This farm is one that we are so happy to support as it is an island in a sea of conventional tea gardens. The famous nature of 'Alishan Oolong Tea' makes it the case that any tea grown in the area, no matter the quality, can sell for 50% more than tea in any other area of Taiwan. This puts dramatic pressure on the farmers to produce a lot of leaf, which in turn creates a very agrochemical-thick tea growing region. By supporting this garden we are hoping to show that effective organic and regenerative growing practices can be just as lucrative as conventional farming and perhaps change the minds of some farmers in the area. 

This tea is made with material from late summer and is oxidized to about 85% before going through most of the processing of making oolong tea. What results is a dark oolong with a hint of black tea maltiness and a dominant deep red floral version of the flavor that has made Alishan so famous. A bit lighter and more floral than our current offering of Red Oolong, they are a great paring for a tasting session in order to taste the difference elevation makes on teas.

**If you enjoy this tea it might be worth it to check out the Organic Alishan Oolong that was made this spring from the same garden.

Elevation: 1400m

Status:  Certified Organic 

Cultivar: Qinxin

Oxidization: 85%

Season: June, 20th 2021

Method: Hand picked, processed on site, very small batch

Region: Alishan, Nantou County

Recommend Brewing Style:

Gong Fu Style: 3-5g per 100ml, ~95c water, 30, 45, 60 then add 5-10 seconds steeps in gaiwan. Lasts 4-5 steeps.

Western Style: 3g per 100ml, ~95c water for 2 minutes. Lasts 2-3 steeps




Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Marc J.
2020 was great. 2021 is good

I loved the 2020 version of this tea (or it might have been 2019). It was a complex and delicious tea that for me was unique from other Taiwanese oolongs I've had and evolved nicely over infusions. 2021 is a nice tea, but to me it tastes quite different from the last year's and does not have the same complexity or uniqueness. I still enjoy it, just not as much.

Joe Kralovich
Unbelievable quality

And I thought the 'Old Master' was one of the best oolongs I've tasted! Amazing nose and taste. No doubt about it, this tea will be become a standard in my house.


I received a sample of this tea with a recent order and tried it immediately, steeped in Purion semi-porous clay for multiple steepings. My initial steeping revealed slightly floral, caramel undertones. The character of the tea evolved over four successive steepings, each as good as but slightly different from the previous one. I generally prefer lightly oxidized oolongs to those more heavily oxidized, but this one won me over. So I've put in my order for a goodly supply. Thank you, Mountain Stream Teas.

Malty sweetness

A malty and caramel tea that has no equal. It's like good forest honey to me, only more liquid ;)

María M.
Caramel sweetness

Delicious tea with brown sugar, caramel and rose like taste. There is a hint of flavor that reminds you of a black tea, but softer and more on the floral side, kind of like rosehip. In the aftertaste there is a bit of honey that reminds me of Teddy Graham cookies a little bit. A sweet and comforting tea perfect for dessert!