It is quite uncommon to run across any Taiwanese tea in Korea. The market is primarily full of green teas mostly Korean in Origin and more recently puerh from China. But today at a tea shop in the presence of friends, we laughed, kicked back, voiced tea preferences, and enjoyed an irregular treat.
After relishing in the spring oolongs, an Ah Lie Mountain 2007 winter harvest oolong from the same maker was brewed up.
This tea had more bitter elements to it that came on fast over the front of the tongue. A oak flavour is felt on the tongue and left on the breath.
In the end it was nice to be able to compare Taiwanese teas of similar (mid range) quality from different regions and harvesting seasons. In this way one can begin to form opinions about a certain kind of tea. But, more importantly, it was nice to talk, share, and just be with like-minded tea friends and just enjoy tea for what it is- tea.