Tead Off wrote: gingkoseto wrote:
outline wrote:Best Li Shan I've had so far was from teahome.com back in spring of 07-09. He is a farmer himself. 2010 wasn't as good, so I switched to Hou de and stopped drinking Li Shan completely ) That fresh, clean taste of morning in Li Shan mountains is a very special experience.
Every year teahome.com carries Li Shan from Fu Shou Shan farm, supposedly the best Li Shan oolong producer.
For non-Chinese speakers, this is a difficult website to navigate. Indeed, their lineup looks promising. Why is Li Shan from Fu Shou Shan farm considered top?
Yeah the website is mainly for Taiwan buyers and the owner says they are not good at English communication. I feel their store is typical farmer style in a way that they try to minimize all fringing costs, which gives some of their tea good value for their prices.
The Fu Shou Shan farm has accumulated its reputation in decades. They have the best location and were one of the earliest Li Shan producers. Their Li Shan is not the greenest, still green side, but of optimal oxidation. Many other producers can't make their tea to this level of oxidation without ruining the freshness of the tea. The farm is government (veteran) affiliated. So I guess they started off to pursue techniques as their priority, and not entirely a for-profit organization.
This is the typical look of Fu Shou Shan farm packaging: