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Misty Mountain Oolong, $14.99 (2oz/56g)

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    "A truly excellent tea. Sweet and crisp flavor with very light vegetal undertones."

    "Misty Mountain Oolong" is our authentic, farm-direct Shanlinxi High Mountain Oolong offered at a very attractive price point.

    Grown up to 1,500M in one of the best areas anywhere in Taiwan, Misty Mountain is a proper Taiwanese Gaoshancha or "High Mountain Tea".  Over the years, Misty Mountain has become a flagship house tea for BTTC often noted for its quality, drink-ability and price. 

    We are proud to have exclusive access to Farmer Zeng's Gaoshancha.  He expertly grows this amazing tea on his small family farm nearly a mile above sea level where it's bathed daily in alternate mist and sunshine.  This is hand picked, small-batch tea that will give you pleasure for months.  

    Vacuum packed at the source.  This tea is good for at least 2 years when kept out of heat/light.  If you have it longer than that though, don't throw it away!  Seal it up and wait another 10 years.  It'll be amazing. 

    You can order a 10 gr. sample in the pull-down menu below or get better pricing with higher volume

    Varietal:         Qingxin

    Location:       Shanlinxi

    Elevation:      1300-1500M

    Harvest:        Spring 2024

    Brewing: 

    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.

    Traditional Teapots 

    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.

    On-the-Go Grandpa-Style

    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.