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We've sourced our exquisite Mountain Pearls from Fujian Province in South East China where oolong tea first originated. Dramatically different from richly roasted 'dark' oolongs, high grown oolongs tend to have a sweet, floral quality and creamy mouth-feel and this tea is an excellent example.
Our Mountain Pearls are created through a process of partial-oxidation carefully controlled by artisan tea masters. The leaves are heated and rolled multiple times over a period of several days, producing delicate pearls which unfurl during the infusion to reveal large jade-green leaves.
Similar in style to the famous Tieguanyin ('Goddess of the Iron Buddha') oolong tea of Anxi, the dewy, springlike freshness is matched by a full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. The pearls can be steeped multiple times; we'd recommend trying this tea as a Cold Brew infusion to bring out the clear sweetness of the leaves.
Sweet, Floral, Refreshing
Fresh and floral with a creamy body
Freshly baked macarons
We'd call this a drink for dawn
Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.
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The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…
The famous tea growing province of Fujian is traditionally described as 8 parts mountain, one part water and one part farmland'. That adds up to 10 parts in total, so we thought we'd choose the number 10 for our Mountain Pearls. It's a nice round number after all
This highly prized Taiwanese tea is the pride of our collection. Named for the beautiful jade green colour of the leaf, high-grown jade oolongs are famed for their creamy, almost buttery taste, crafted with supreme skill by artisan tea masters. Rolled by hand into elegant pearls, the leaves can be brewed multiple times, unfurling a little more with each infusion.More Details
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Intriguingly creamy, this delicate flavoured oolong from China's Fujian Province boasts a buttery sweetness comparable to caramel. With its floral aroma and rich layers of flavour, there's no tea quite like it what's more, the tightly curled leaves can be brewed multiple times, so it's perfect for enjoying over the course of a long afternoonMore Details
If you know your oolongs, you'll soon see there's something seriously special about this rare New Zealand variety. Cultivated in the wine district of Hamilton, this extraordinary oolong has been crafted according to ancient artisan techniques brought over from Taiwan. The taste is distinct for its highly roasted notes and rich, biscuity finish there's nothing quite like itMore Details
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