Picked in early September, 2020, this oolong is a rare treat. The summer of 2020 had the perfect weather conditions for the green leaf hopper to thrive and expand its natural range to our partner garden on Lishan. Wet, but not too wet, warm but not to hot, this uncommon weather meant that some high mountain tea leaves were bitten just the right amount to create Pear Mountain Honey.
With those leaf hopper bites comes the sweet, honey like "Mi Xiang" flavor that is so recognizable in other teas like Honey Fragrance Black or Eastern Beauty but as an accent to the classic high mountain oolong flavors. Most of the stems have been removed and the tea has been slightly roasted to make the unique sweet flavor of this tea the dominant characteristic. It might be a little more one not than other high mountain oolongs, but that one note is pretty special!
These weather conditions only happen about once every three years so we were sure to get some of this rare tea before it is gone.
**Remember to brew this tea with water a little cooler than normal high mountain oolong as the honey aromatics are sensitive to boiling water.
Status: Tested Agrochemical Free
Season: September, 2020
Method: Hand picked, processed on site, small batch
Region: Lishan(Pear Mountain), Nantou
Recommend Brewing Style:
Gong Fu Style: 3-5g per 100ml, ~95C(~205f) water, 30, 45, 60 then add 5-10 seconds steeps in gaiwan. Lasts 4-5+ steeps.
Western Style: 3g per 100ml, ~95C(~205f) water for 3 minutes. Lasts 2-3 steeps.