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Missed Opportunity -- Wild Garden Chilaishan Oolong

Missed Opportunity -- Wild Garden Chilaishan Oolong

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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 of a garden in a remote area of Chilaishan that has been abandoned for over 7 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 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 4 reviews
Warming, fruity, floral and delicious

Like a hug in a cup. Everything you expect from a clean high mountain oolong and more.

Sample ends in another order at the same day

I ordered a sample, which arrived within 6 days and brewed 3g/100ml a few hours later... and ordered a bigger amount because this tea is really good. Sweet, mouth-filling with a long finish - all I expect in a good tea from Taiwan.

Long Live the Sweetness!

5 gr, 100 ml, 30 seconds + 10 each steeping, 205 F

I was intrigued when I read about this tea and ordered 10 grams to try it. I'm so glad I was sent 25 grams!! This tea has an intoxicating aroma and brews to a sweet, floral liquor that went to 9 steepings Gong Fu style. I'm looking forward to also using it in my grandpa style tea tumbler. The fruity, floral taste just went on and on. I am very impressed with all the teas from my first order from Mountain Stream Teas; it will surely not be my last!


5g, 30 seconds/45 seconds, 98°C, 200 ml.

The dry leaf is medium green with some touches of yellow, rolled but pretty irregularly. Definitely not the the consistent, tight balls you'd normally see. It steeps up a medium yellow.

There's a very sweet aroma with this one. Orange blossom is at the front with some vanilla and cream rounding it out.
Drinking it, it's a touch sweet without any astringency. It starts out milky, floral and citrus (leaning orange/orange blossom) before the finish is lifted with vanilla and the sweetness. Working through the second steep it really hit me, the start is so similar to Milkis (a Korean carbonated milk drink) and the finish is pretty much cream soda. Of course once I got that in my head I couldn't help but taste it all the time.

This is a damn good tea, It's tight and focussed. When I made it the other day in a travel press (and resteeped it a bunch of times later on) it was good, but using more leaf and more care definitely brought the best out of this tea.