Gao Shan Jin Xuan Oolong (高山金萱烏龍茶) is a wonderfully refreshing high mountain Milk Oolong. Created from a Jin Xuan cultivar, it is a high altitude Gao Shan (高山) hand-picked tea that is grown at an altitude of 600-800m in Meishan, next to the famous Alishan National Scenic Area. This growing location imparts a different character when compared to other milk oolong teas. While also exhibiting a milky aroma, mouthfeel and taste that the Jin Xuan cultivar is famous for, this flavour is also finely balanced by stronger green floral and fresh vegetal notes. This batch is from the April 2021 harvest.
We carry three Milk Oolong teas at Curious Tea from different terroirs of Taiwan. The Award-Winning Organic Milk Oolong is the most popular but the high mountain Gao Shan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong and Alishan Milk Oolong are both beautiful examples of teas from the high mountain terroirs of Taiwan.
Jin Xuan cultivar is also known as the Golden Daylily (Jin Xuan – 金萱) or TRES #12. It is very popular with farmers since the plants are more hardy and produce a higher yield. From a tea lover’s point of view, Jin Xuan is an attractive aromatic drink with a lovely sweet character. It is particularly popular for the smooth creamy and milky aroma, texture and taste.
Unfortunately there are plenty of milk oolongs (whether from Jin Xuan cultivar or others) that are flavoured either with milk or vanilla in order to imitate or enhance the natural taste that the leaves of Jin Xuan develop. Any genuine Milk Oolong, such as this one, is always produced from the Jin Xuan cultivar and should not be flavoured or enhanced with additional flavours in any way.
Our Gao Shan Jin Xuan Oolong is sourced with the help of a Taiwanese Tea Master. The tightly rolled leaves of this oolong produce a light yellow-green liquor with a buttery and creamy aroma. The high mountain nature of this tea is evident both in the quality of the leaves but also in the complexity of flavours. Present is the trademark milky, creamy mouthfeel, texture and taste. However there is another more vegetal and floral layer superimposed on that classic taste. There are herbaceous notes of fresh buttered leafy greens, green flowers, dandelions. The interplay between the more vegetal, green notes and the creamier, buttery notes is very finely balanced and makes for a comforting yet refreshing cup.
This Gao Shan Jin Xuan Oolong is best brewed at 90°C for 3-4 minutes and should be brewed multiple times.