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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


**Finished on June 20th, 2019 this year's Alishan Red Oolong is much better than last year's. The weather cooperated to create a creamy, sweet, floral rose flavor with a lingering aftertaste that makes this year's version of this classic tea spectacular. If you liked it last year, you will love it this year!**

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. And at a fair price too! 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 such that any tea grown in the area, no matter the quality, can sell their tea for 50% more than tea in any 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(see video below). 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 early summer and is oxidized to about 80% 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 to be able to taste the difference elevation makes on teas.



Elevation: 1400m

Status:  Certified Organic 

Cultivar: Qinxin

Oxidization: 85%

Season: June, 20th 2019

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 4 reviews
Malty sweetness

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

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!

A better version of the Red Oolong

I love the Red Oolong so the Alishan version poses a dilemma-
it's noticeably better, but is it worth the 50% price increase?
probably yes,
but I'll finish my stock of regular Red Oolong first :)


No love for this tea? I loved how this tea seemed to change character over successive brewings, at least for me. Malty sweetness throughout, especially at first, but gradually revealing floral undertones in later steeps. I guess this is what happens when Ruby 18 and Alishan have a baby.