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Mount Qilai

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Honeycrisp apples, lilac, bamboo shoots

Oolong Tea · low oxidation

Mount Qilai is a lightly oxidized high-elevation grown Taiwanese oolong. It is named after the mountain where it's grown, which is part of the Qilai mountain range with its peak sitting over 3,000 meters above sea level.

High altitude grown teas are highly regarded locally. High elevation mountains offer short sun exposure along with misty afternoon and cool evenings, slowing down the growth of the tea plants therefore concentrate its aromatic oils. Surrounded by endless clouds means misty air and high humidity, increasing vibrancy and sweetness of the tea with less bitter astringency.

This oolong tea is fragrant and present with fleshy aromatics in white florals and pome fruits. It stands up to multiple brews and offers a seductive silky long finish. 

Mount Qilai, or Qilai Shan (奇萊山), is a set of mountain range located in central Taiwan between Hualien and Nantou. It is relatively new for tea cultivation though is very popular among serious mountain climbers, known to have dangerous climbing terrain and prone to accidents.

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Chinese Name: 奇萊山高山茶
Origin: Ren'ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
Cultivar: Qingxin
Elevation: ~2,000 meters
Oxidation: ~30%
Roast Level: Low to None
Flavor Profile: Honeycrisp apples, lilac, bamboo shoots
Mouthfeel: Present, fleshy, silky long finish

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Mount Qilai is made with Qingxin, or Qing Xin cultivar, which translates to Green Heart or Clear Heart. Qingxin is the most popular tea cultivar for oolong tea making in Taiwan, particularly in high mountain cultivation. Oolongs made with this cultivar is often lightly oxidized.  

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These instructions are for reference only, a starting point for brewing this tea. Trust your palate and feel free to experiment.

Quantity of Tea: 6 grams
Quantity of Water: 237 ml / 8 oz
Water Temperature: 212°F / 100°C
Steep Time: ~ 1 - 2 minutes
For more information on how to brew tea check out our brewing guides

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