TreasureHunt Treasure 6 Clue 2 "Koudai fetish" (clue 1 was Ayu)
Tead Off wrote:In my experience, gaoshan can take boiling water. I'm not sure if grassy and grainy can be the same flavor profile, just described differently. But, I have had wonderful grainy flavor from gaoshan.
Also, IME, I have been disappointed more from Alishan teas than Lishan and Shan lingxi teas. Generally, the higher the altitude, the better the teas.
I think I agree, grainy and grassy are quite different, at least when describing green teas.
Re Ali Shan which is becoming more and more available to the mainstream, I wonder if what has already happened with Dong Ding (DD is more often used to decribe "type" versus tea actually grown on Dong Ding since supply has long been much lower than demand) is beginning to occur with Ali Shan. I have no basis for this, but we see it repeatedly in the recent history of tea. (Darjeeling too)
Or the teas are getting lower and lower in elevation ... and lower grades are more and more blended (with who knows what). Mainstream vendors selling Ali Shan will rarely have the good stuff. And if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.