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No. 94

Ali Shan - Loose Leaf Tea

Taiwanese Oolong Tea

A premium-grade Oolong tea from the mountains of Taiwan, this loose leaf oolong offers a milky-sweet flavour with notes of sweet apricot.

From: Alishan, Chiayi County, Southwestern Taiwan

LOOSE LEAF TEA
Delivery Info

Shipping policy

Christmas Delivery Schedule

UK Delivery

UK Standard Delivery via Royal Mail - 17th December 2021

UK Tracked Delivery via DPD - 21st December 2021

UK Next Day Delivery - 22nd December 2021

 

EU & Rest of the World

Standard / Economy - This might not arrive before Christmas.

Tracked - 17th December 2021

 

*We aim to dispatch all orders within 1-2 days of receiving your request. However, this can vary during peak times and other conditions outside of our control. Therefore, the below estimates of shipping times have been provided by our couriers.

 

UK Deliveries

 

Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

£2.50, Free - over £25

Royal Mail

2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

£5.95

DPD

1-2 days, up to 5*, Tracked

Next-Working-Day

£9.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, 1-2** days, Tracked

Saturday

£13.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, Saturday delivery, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

European Deliveries


Currently, there are some delays with sending parcels to EU countries from the UK. This is due to the UK leaving the European Union. We will keep you updated with any notifications as they happen.

Please note that a tracking number is not provided for EU Standard deliveries. For the latest information regarding the status of our delivery partners, please see the following links: DPD (UK) - Service Updates DHL | COVID-19 (simplydhl.com)

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Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Economy

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Tracked

From £15.95

Feedex

3-5 days, up to 8*, Tracked

*Most deliveries will be made within the usual time-frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

 

Rest of the World

 

Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

International Buyers (Including EU) – Please Note:


Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be before buying.

The origins of our Ali Shan Tea


 An exquisite grade of Oolong, our Ali Shan loose-leaf tea is grown among the mountainous hills of Chuaya County, Taiwan, and produces a delicious buttery infusion with delicate hints of milky sweet apricot.

This exceptional loose leaf, which is celebrated as one of the best high mountain Oolong teas available, is grown from the Jin Xuan cultivar at an altitude exceeding 1200m above sea level, in a dreamy climate that is blustery, cool and humid. These conditions are known for accenting a buttery mouthfeel and can be seen within other high grown teas.

Within the tea garden, each plant is lovingly nursed until the supple young tea leaves emerge. Once they reach their optimum, the leaves are picked, withered, cooled, tossed, the colour fixed by gentle heating, rolling and drying. The result is a dark green, tightly rolled and partially oxidised Oolong tea pellet with light brown stems. Brewing this tea produces a green, golden infusion that is best enjoyed throughout the day.

Read more about the alternatives to this tea


Alternatives


A fantastic alternative, but still a Taiwanese mountain-grown tea, is our No. 90 Four Seaon Oolong tea. Experience a floral flavour paired with toasted nuts.

Ingredients


Taiwanese oolong tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers a creamy aroma and light-yellow infusion. A creamy cup with apricot, chestnut notes and fruity mouthfeel.

Region


Chiayi is a Taiwanese county on the South-Western coast of the island. The low-lying, Western part of the county sits at an elevation of 69m above sea level but, beyond the city of Chiayi, to the East and towards the centre of the island, the elevation gradually increases, with the famous city of Alishan sitting just above 2,000 meters.

Learn more about the Chiayi County, Southwestern Taiwan

The Eastern boundary of the county stops at Mount Yu, also known as Jade Mountain, the highest peak on Taiwan at 3,952 m above sea level. The county as a whole experiences high levels of precipitation. The climate in the low-lying coastal area is tropical monsoon (Am), with a hot, oppressive and overcast wet season and a humid, windy and mostly clear dry season. There, the temperatures typically range from 15°C to 31°C throughout the year.

Further to the East on the mountains, the climate is subtropical highland (Cwb), with extremely wet and mild temperatures during the monsoon and cool, drier winter months. The temperatures are quite consistent throughout the year, with average highs between 11°C in December to 19°C in July. It is on those misty hills , between 1,000 and 2,000 meters, that the famous Alishan Oolong is grown, with the low temperatures and humidity encouraging the growth of soft, fragrant leaves.

The county is also famed for its production of rice, pineapples and citrus. The high levels of precipitation and warm temperatures throughout the year offer the perfect conditions for a thriving flora, with forests covering large parts of the county. The lower, coastal area is home to bamboo, palm and tropical evergeens, whilst the higher slopes are covered in indigenous cypress, red pine, spruce and fir tree.

How to brew

3g

3g

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

3 - 4mins

3 - 4mins

Ali Shan - Loose Leaf Tea

£10.95
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