Alishan Forest Recreation Area
Developed around 10 years ago, the tea estates on the Ali Mountain (also known as Alishan) produce the newest type of high mountain oolongs. At the elevation of 950 to 1000 meters, the mountainsides are covered with fog or clouds which are ideal for growing oolong. The tea estates are nestled in a beautiful scenic area with a 1000 year old forest nearby. The steeped tea has a pale yellow color matching its faintly fresh scent. Once tasted, the tea presents itself with a fresh taste followed by a faintly sweet aftertaste.
The next day while waiting for the bus down, we discovered that the owner of this tea shop was my dad's sister-in-law's brother. I guess Taiwan really is that small.