High Mountain Wulong – Gaoshan
Sophisticated lightly oxidized wulong tea from Taiwan. It grows in remote mountainous regions of Taiwan and has a fresh taste with floral overtones. Tieguanyin drinkers will love this tea.
Why we like it?
This gaoshan has an amazing peachy aroma with exquisitely mellow notes. While it shares many traits with high-quality tieguanyins, this wulong is more intense, and it has a more sophisticated palette. It has wholesome elastic leaves that come in one-bud-three-leaves bundles. The leaves are relatively large, yielding very good tea over multiple steepings. All in all, this gaoshan wulong is a well-performing example of Taiwan wulong growing tradition. Highly recommended by both Miha and Roman.
Roman’s personal score: 91/100
Miha’s personal score: 93/100
The scores above represent how the Daoli co-founders Miha and Roman feel about each particular tea. The ratings are given on 0 to 100 scale and are absolutely subjective. We simply translate into numbers our first impression about this tea.
General steeping suggestions
Tea can be steeped in a tea pot, gaiwan, or a strainer placed right in your cup. Feel free to experiment with time, temperature, and quantity. If tea feels a bit strong or bitter, just use less leaves or steep it for a shorter period of time.
The purpose of the first brew is to rinse the leaves, so it shouldn’t last more than five seconds and should be discarded. Pour the hot water again. This time, steep it for longer periods. Avoid leaving the leaves soaking in water between brews, because it makes tea taste bitter and steals a lot of its flavor. If used properly, about six grams of tea leaves can yield several middle-size cups of excellent tea.
Chinese people enjoy the original taste of tea, so they never use milk, sugar, or lemon.
Steeping suggestion for Gaoshan
Start with this, then experiment:
- one serving: 6 grams (0.2 lb)
- water: ~ 90 °C, 100-250 ml (194 F, 3-9 oz)
- time: 30-60 seconds
- number of infusions: 6-7 times
- discard the first brew
Try not to use boiling water. Half a minute steeping time for the first 3-4 brews. Increase gradually to maintain the desired level of strength.
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