Part of a series: What Should It Taste Like?
It is tempting to pile all the Taiwan high mountain oolongs into the same heap. After all, there can be strong similarities across them. These higher elevation mean some of the highest tea gardens in the world- even higher than Darjeeling estates.
But lumping them together would be to ignore the variety that is created. Mountain location can be an important issue. As tea bushes respond to longer days in the Spring, they shoot out new leaves. New leaves marks the time to pluck. If the mountain is too northerly, leaves are sprouting before the warmer, dryer air has arrived. And so tea processors may have leaves to process, but terrible weather withering and drying a final product. Ali Shan, being further south than Li Shan, has the advantage of getting that warmer, dryer air in time for optimal growth and processing conditions.
Ali Shan wulongs are generally known for: