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Mountain Pearls

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An exquisitely creamy tea from the original home of oolong.

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.

  • Tea Type

    Oolong Tea

  • Origin

    China

  • Taste Profile

    Sweet, Floral, Refreshing

  • Tastes like

    Fresh and floral with a creamy body

  • Food pairing

    Freshly baked macarons

  • When to drink

    We'd call this a drink for dawn

Brew the perfect cup

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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Origin

China

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…

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