Tea Hunting Stories — qilaishan
This is Mr. Gao's High Mountain Bai Hao (Oriental Beauty). His Bai Hao tea garden is located at an elevation of around 1,600 m (5,250 ft). Unlike most Bai Hao gardens, the cultivar in his garden is Jin Xuan instead of the usual Qing Xin Da Mao. Using Jin Xuan is possible because it’s a high mountain garden.
The trees in the garden are only for Oriental Beauty, and are picked only once a year. He then lets the trees rest for the remainder of the year. Tea trees, like people, could get exhausted if they are overworked. Mr. Gao thinks of his trees as people, so he does not overburden them.
The Qi Lai Shan High Mountain Black Tea was highly approved by all the tasters at Daurim. This premium black tea is made of Qing Xin trees from Mr. Gao’s tea garden on Qi Lai Shan, which is a rising-star tea region in Taiwan near Dayuling, Hehuanshan. The garden’s elevation is about 5,600 ft high, which is rather high for black teas. Since the garden’s territory was recently developed, the trees in it are grown from the new and vibrant energy of the soil. All the conditions of the garden were great; the gap between the daily high and low...