The Best Teas in the World: Part Six

by Hank Friedman

After a long gap, Great Teas have returned

Zuo Wang Teas

It's been seven years since my last tea column.

For most of those years, I've experienced a drop in oolong tea quality. Many were good, none were great.

Finally, last year I found some really fine oolong teas again.

This one is the best I've found: Li Shan, Spring 2020

It instills in me a sense of deep centeredness and well-being and tastes incredible.


I ordered many more packets of this tea than ever before of any tea.

I suggest that you get it while it's still available.


The website that I've been purchasing oolongs from the longest is run by a wonderful Frenchman named Stéphane Erler.

He finds the best high mountain oolongs, and in the past year, many of his teas have been really noteworthy but his Da Yu Ling teas have been particularly phenomenal, comparable to the Zuo Wang Lishan above, albeit more expensive.

I encourage you to visit his site and delve into the wealth of his incredibly fine curated teas.


I love the folks at Floating Leaves Tea and have gotten many great teas from them last year, including a truly incredible bug-bitten Huan Shan and a wonderful Lishan Special Reserve tea.

Both are sold out, so I strongly suggest that you get on their mailing list and jump on their special reserve offerings when they come out.

Right now, they are still offering an excellent Shan Lin Shi.

Since their move to Taiwan from Washington State, their contacts have deepened and I expect many great teas to arrive from them.


My friends at Taiwan Tea Crafts produce very nice teas, but this year one was again truly remarkable: Lishan 88K High Mountain Spring Oolong Tea

It is bright green, incredibly fragrant, and very alive, and makes a truly delicious and uplifting cup of tea.


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