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"I would serve this Lishan to the most discriminating connoisseur" -- Tea Industry insider
Our Lishan Premium is a wonderful High Mountain Oolong, or Gaoshancha from the renowned Fushou area of Lishan*. What makes it premium? This tea is grown at the highest elevations for Taiwanese Gaoshancha (above 2000m). At this elevation, the environment is colder causing the leaves to grow more slowly as they take in the daily environment of mist and sunshine. This produces a very smooth tea with higher viscosity, a great mouthfeel and the fragrance of the mountains.
Highly recommended and one of our best sellers!
*This area's tea is generally much more expensive. BTTC has built very good relations over the last ten years and we pass the savings on to you. Our Lishan Premium will probably last you months at the price of an average bottle of wine!
Harvest: Winter 2024
Standard Gaiwan (about 130ml or half a cup of liquid)
Warm up your gaiwan with hot water first, pour it out, then add 3-6g of dry leaf, depending on how strong you like your tea. Fill your gaiwan covering the leaves with fresh hot water (195°/90°c), pour out this "rinse", then add a second round of water. Cover your gaiwan and wait for 30 to 45 seconds. Pour everything into a decanter through a strainer, let it cool to a comfortable drinking temperature, then enjoy. Repeat this process several times, gradually increasing the steeping time by 5-10 seconds for each infusion. You can find a good decanter HERE, a good strainer HERE, and some nice cups to share tea with friends HERE.
Depending on the size of your "gongfu" teapot, the old-school advice is to loosely cover the bottom of your teapot in High Mountain Oolong dry leaf. Follow the same perimeters of gaiwan brewing. Teapot brewing is highly individual so use this as a starting point and develop your own style based on what you like to get out of each tea. You can find suitable teapots at all price ranges HERE.
The Easy Ways
Coffee cup - Add one teaspoon to one cup of hot water (195°/90°c) for 4 minutes. Strain and enjoy. Repeat up to three times.
Coffee press - If you have a coffee press or a nice traditional western teapot you want to enjoy, just double the above - 2 teaspoons to 2 cups of fresh hot water. Or with practice, you can use less tea and longer brewing times.
NOTE: Tea balls and similar brewing methods are not recommended.
When I'm out working, I like to use an drinking thermos like a Yeti. The key to these is to use less dry leaf. I use about 1/2 teaspoon or 3g. You can use boiling water and let it set for around 5 minutes until you cover it. It should be at a good drinking temp for quite a while now. When you're dry, just refill and repeat all day long.
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