Source Mountain - Ben Shan oolong
Arguably one of the most aromatic of the Tieguanyin style oolongs, Ben Shan "Source Mountain" is a classic tea that cups to a fragrance and body that will certainly satisfy! Made with a comparatively small leaf varietal that is grown in the AnXi Region of Fujian Province, Ben Shan brings a number of distinctive attributes to the cup that have served to make this oolong a favorite for many tea drinkers.
Why we selected this particular lot. We noted this lot offers a distinctive floral aroma. As well, it is a very attractive mix of very light-green leaves indicating its low-oxidized, light firing would yield a very floral taste. Noted that the taste opened really opened after the first steep and held up with multiple steeps.
Interesting facts about our selection. Fujian Province is historical source of Oolong tea. Given this long history and broad propagation of varietals within the province and its perfect terroir, the taste of this lot is exceptional. Tea was harvested in the last week of April. It is the first pluck of Ben Shan in the season.
Taste profile. It cups to clear, yellow-green liquor that is silky and smooth. Aroma is fresh and stone fruit. Taste is soft and flowery, This tea goes well with food and is an excellent beverage served chilled. Ben Shan is an Oolong to have on hand for relaxing, for desk work and a wonderful beverage to enjoy while entertaining.
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To gain the special flavor of a Ben Shan, timing is important. Harvest the leaf at just the right time and processing should begin right after plucking.
Ben Shan is one of the more aromatic oolongs.
My All Time Favorite!
Posted by Brian T on 3rd Nov 2015
Over the years, I've probably tried 20+ Silk Road Teas and this one is my absolute favorite...... great flavor, simply awesome!
I didn't know tea could taste like this
Posted by Ed on 30th Sep 2015
My daughter and I were fortunate enough to spend a little time touring China where we both started drinking more tea. I have a rather unsophisticated palate and am perfectly happy drinking green tea with jasmine of no particular provenance of quality. My daughter became a connoisseur of oolong. She had me try this tea and I was blown away by the flavors. This isn't grandma's tea bag.
My favorite tea for 3 years!
Posted by Victoria on 9th Sep 2014
This tea has a beautiful flavor and the aroma is sweet and floral. It is my daily favorite and I will be saddened if it ever becomes unavailable!!!