Often imitated as an artificially scented 'Milk Oolong', this is a genuine, pure Jin Xuan cultivar tea. This cultivar (also known as Taiwan cultivar 12) is relatively modern and was released by the Taiwanese Tea Research and Extension (TRES) in the 1980's. It is grown throughout Taiwan and is renowned for its milky/creamy taste due to being naturally rich in lactones.
This milky texture and taste can be a little elusive and depends on a multitude of factors like terroirs, season and weather. This Alishan Cream has a really pronounced milkiness which lasts over several infusions.
The market is flooded with scented versions of this tea that range from tasty to awful and many sellers feed clients the most ridiculous stories to explain the powerful milky aroma. I do not know if they actually believe these stories (having been fed them by the producers) or if they are knowingly conning the public but either way, so many people are being misled about this tea. If you hear that the tea was 'watered' with milk, steamed over milk or dried with milk powder then I can guarantee that you are being told a lie.
This is not to say that all of the scented versions of this tea are bad and in fact many people first fall in love with Oolongs by tasting a scented 'Milk Oolong'. So many of our clients requested a super milky aroma version of this tea that even I had to give in and supply a scented version called Silk Oolong - this is the best version that we could find and we made sure to use a Jin Xuan cultivar as a base so as to keep things as genuine as possible. This is the one and only artificially scented tea that we will ever stock at Mei Leaf because of so many requests.
But I would advise everyone to try this original, pure, unscented cultivar. It may not be as powerfully milky as the scented versions but Alishan Cream is so much more balanced and nuanced with that bright green Oolong freshness to contrast with the creaminess. This is a light roasted version but for a darker brew of the same Jin Xuan cultivar try our Midnight Sun.