Source Mountain - Ben Shan Oolong

Aromatic, flowery & fresh flavors.

Arguably one of the more aromatic of the Tieguanyin-style or low-oxidized Oolongs, Ben Shan "Source Mountain" is a classic flowery-flavor tea that cups to an aroma and fragrance and body that will satisfy! Made with a comparatively small-leaf varietal that is grown in the AnXi Region of Fujian Province (Minnan area), Ben Shan brings a number of distinctive attributes to the cup serving to make this spring Oolong a favorite for tea drinkers.

Why we selected this particular lot.  This lot offers a seasonal distinctive aromatic & floral aroma.  As well, the very attractive mix of light-green leaves indicates a light oxidizing and low firing.  Noted the taste opened really opened after the first steep and held up with multiple steeps. Harvest date 2017.

Interesting facts about our selection. Fujian Province is historical source of Oolong tea. Grown in what is known as the Minn-nan area famous for Tieguanyin-style Oolong clones.  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.  Harvest date is 2017.

Taste profile.  It cups to clear, yellow-green liquor that is silky and smooth. Aroma is fresh, stone fruit verging on peachy. 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.

Steeping suggestions.  Use 3 grams of leaf for 8 ounces of water.  Briefly rinse the leaves with boiling water and pour off to "awaken" the leaves.  Re-infuse the leaves for 1.5 - 2 minutes.  if steeping by GongFu method, use 6-8 grams of leaf and steep very briefly - 30 seconds and taste.  The initial steep will release aroma, subsequent steeps will bring out the varied flavors of this mountain varietal.

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Item Number:
O-BS-18-7
Province:
Fujian
Type:
Tieguanyin
$23.50
per
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  • 5
    A Great Oolong

    Posted by Will on 25th Sep 2018

    A great oolong for any time of day. I particularly enjoy it in the afternoon. I definitely recommend giving it a try - you won't be disappointed!

  • 5
    the petals erupt in deliciousness!!

    Posted by pat OConnor on 6th Apr 2017

    This tea is awesome!! You don't need as much as you think because the balls open to be fresh tea leaves. Brew after brew the flavor holds true!!

  • 5
    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!

  • 5
    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.

  • 5
    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!!!