Taiwan is an island of stunning natural beauty. Clocking in at a length of just under 245 miles from Southern to Northernmost tip, it's significantly smaller than my very own home state of California. The island dubbed "Formosa," or beautiful island, by Portuguese settlers is largely mountainous. And these mountains are majestic. There are high density suburban area dotting the edges of the island, most notably Taipei in the north. Drive a mere 15 minutes out of any city though, and you'll see what I mean.
Everything around you is green, and so verdant. You can literally feel the trees breathing, expunging the carbon dioxide from the environment, and cycling back out fresh, crisp air. Shan Lin Xi is one of the most gorgeous tea growing regions in Taiwan. The forces of nature are so dense, the coniferous species so plentiful. Forests of bamboo trees bring back memories of my childhood, when I would visit this area every year and eat bamboo shoot rice. Ah, yes, bamboo trees. That fresh, slightly sharp smell. That wondrous afternoon light shining through the sparse leaves. This is Shan Lin Xi, and this is how I feel every time I smell the rich aroma and indulge in the round taste of an Oolong from this area. I close my eyes and nod. Yep, just like I remember.
Shan Lin Xi
Shan Lin Xi Dark Roast