Zhu Shan Oolong
Grower: Goe Tea, Alfredo Lin
Origin: Zhushan Township, Nan,Tou Taiwan
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A fruity, full-flavored tea with notes of nectarine and tapioca. and a satisfying round texture. Soft but lingering sweet aftertaste. This is a great representative of classic lower elevation Taiwanese oolong teas, with its full but layered flavors. Excellent value!
From Zhushan (Bamboo Mountain) in Zhushan Township. Harvested at 187m elevation and with a higher oxidation than typical green oolongs. Resteeps many times with consistent flavors and fullness. This winter harvest has a thicker texture and fuller flavors than the more fragrant spring harvest.
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Recommended Brewing Instructions:
Use 2tsp (~6g) per 250ml cup. Brew for 1 minute.
- 185F for a lighter, more floral profile with yellow peach flavors, and a mid-bodied, silky mouthfeel.
- 200F for a fuller, more fruity flavor with a floral-fruity profile, and thick mouthfeel.
This tea can be rebrewed 5-6+ times, with hotter water and longer infusions.
About The Grower
Tea Maker: Alfredo Lin & Master Aones
Location: Nantou, Taiwan (multiple locations: see below)
Elevation: 180-300m (590-980ft)
Cultivation: Conventional OR All-Natural
Signature Teas: Zhushan Oolong
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Alfredo Lin, founder of Goe Tea, comes from a long line of oolong tea growers and teamakers. His family has been farming for hundreds of years, and Alfredo still sources leaf from his uncle's farm. However, he has now founded his own gardens to apply his own techniques, personal style, and personal principles. He also focuses more on the teamaking process than the tea-growing, so he crafts teas of different styles and locations.
He sources conventional leaf from his uncle's farm in Zhushan Township (Nantou, Taiwan: 187m), and sources all-natural leaf from his best friend's farm in Mingjian Township (Nantou, Taiwan: 300m). The all-natural gardens he shares with his best friend are now 15 years old. They have managed to preserve the gardens by allowing tea bushes to mature into tall, mature trees along the perimeter of the garden. Without the protection of these tall tea trees, the insects from surrounding fields would overwhelm his tea plants due to the high use of conventional pesticides in much of Taiwan.
Alfredo Lin also works with his teamentor, teamaster Aones, who is famous for popularizing black tea varietals like #18 and #21 in Taiwan, which won awards at the Taiwan Tea Competition and the Development and Extension of Multiple Tea Product. Master Aones features his incredibly well-crafted black teas as part of Goe Tea; his fields and workshop are along Sun Moon Lake in Yuchi Township (Nantou, Taiwan).
Both Master Aones and Alfredo Lin are fond of new styles of processing, experimentation, and highly oxidized teas. Alfredo has been studying with Master Aones for 9 years now, and it will take him another 21 years to earn the title of "teamaster".
In addition to tea farming, Alfredo also farms sweet corn and sweet potatoes.