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Missed Opportunity -- Wild Garden Chilaishan Oolong

Missed Opportunity -- Wild Garden Chilaishan Oolong

Regular price $4.00

Missed Opportunity 

Wild Garden Chilaishan Oolong

This tea has a story, as many of the teas on the site do. A few years ago we heard a rumor about a garden in a remote area of Chilaishan that has been abandoned for over seven years coming back into production. This winter, we finally got our hands on some of that first production and we loved it. This tea is strong/subtle, flexible and long lasting, and has all the flavor characteristics we love in high mountain oolongs. It has a smooth sweet vegetal upfront that transitions to a subtle and long-lasting fruit flower finish. And when brewed grandpa style (just some leaves in a mug with hot water added), this tea lasts all day with no bitterness at all. 

Why is it called 'Missed Opportunity'? After this first harvest the garden was put into full conventional production, agrochemicals and all. We don't blame the farmer, he is young and the market for this kind of tea in this offering is still very small, but from our perspective it is a missed opportunity. Hopefully, in the future, as Mountain Stream Teas grows we will be in a position where we can help and support farmers like this stay on the organic path, if they want to of course!

## This tea is a limited run. No more of this tea is being produced. We have bought a bunch of it so we can offer you a great price for such a high-quality tea, but once it is gone, it is gone. There will be no restock of this tea.##


Elevation: 1900m

Status: Wild Garden, Agrochemical free

Cultivar: QinXin

Oxidization: 35%

Season: Spring, 2018

Method: Hand picked, processed on site, very small batch

Region: Chi Lai Shan, Nantou

Recommend Brewing Style:

Gong Fu Style: 3-5g per 100ml, ~100C water, 30, 45, 60 then add 5-10 seconds steeps in gaiwan. Lasts 5+ steeps.

Western Style: 3g per 100ml, ~100c water for 3+ minutes. 

** Try it Grandpa style at least once. Just throw some leaves in a mug and add hot water to taste. It is a perfect tea for the office!**

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Michelle Mielru
Sweet to Tartness

I think this tea needed to be brewed with a large amount of tea. Grandpa style definitely can make this tea shine better. The taste transition from sweet to tartness (still sweet but more prominent fruity notes). The aroma is not invasive (explode) like other oolong teas. I am glad I tried.

Nell R.

Full bodied, smooth, with a subtle floral finish. Tasted a hint of cinnamon, too. A warming tea experience on a cold autumn night.

John Langley
My all-time favorite

This tea is my absolute favorite from My Stream Teas. It has such a wonderful. Floral sweet semi spiced undescrible taste that must be tasted to understand. It steeps 3 to 4 times with fantastic taste. It is a wonderful tea poured over ice I try to always have it on had at work and at home

Fruit, flower, cake

This tea has it all. Friendly, well balanced, with the flavors evolving along the steeps. For me, some fruit cake and narcissus in the beginning and more like cooked banana in the later brews. And sort of a pleasant durian aftertaste (just the good flavor of that fruit, not the sickening part).

Lingering and assertive

Mouth feel and aftertaste is where this tea really shines! Lovely fruity, floral and even a little tart aftertaste that stays in the mouth for a long time. Leaves a zesty, almost tingly feeling on the tongue that persists long after the tea is gone. A unique tea that’s worth trying!