Alishan Black


This is a high mountain "red oolong" from Alishan. That means it is processed like a Taiwanese black tea, but the leaves are tightly ball rolled in the style of high mountain oolong. Plus it has a complexity of notes that reflects high elevation grown tea. The generally floral and citrus bright notes of Alishan come down an octave or two, becoming something more akin to tropical fruit notes. Because of the flamboyant fragrance and sweet broth, this tea gets a lot of compliments from a wide range of tea drinkers.


As the dry leaves hit hot porcelain they give off the aroma of freshly baked pastries and dried lychee. Flavor of the brewed tea settles into a fruit-sugar sweetness with big fruity tones, reminds me of grape juice along with some tropical fruit. Broth is relatively light bodied with a sweet aftertaste. Goes down easy and smooth.

Overall, this is a sweet and aromatic, fruit-forward tea that feels like a cross between black tea and oolong. This tea is always popular when we brew it for guests or send it as a sample.


  • Harvest Location : Alishan, Taiwan
  • Harvest Date : May, 2021
  • Cultivar : Jin Xuan