Mountain Pearl Oolong Loose Leaf Tea
A beautifully balanced “black dragon”
A great introduction to oolong teas, our Mountain Pearl loose leaf tea is sourced from the Fujian Province in South East China, the home of oolong tea.
Both our Mountain Pearl and Iron Buddha oolongs are examples of green oolongs. Our Mountain Pearl tea is relatively light for an oolong tea, with a delicate, sweet, almost buttery character. The leaves are hand-picked and traditionally rolled to give a dark, curly, open leaf appearance. As the leaves infuse, the tightly rolled beads unfurl.
Whilst this tea can be enjoyed any time of day, we like ours as an afternoon tea. It’s lower in caffeine than a traditional black tea and helps digestion, perfect to beat our post lunch bloats. The tea leaves can be resteeped multiple times with every resteep unlocking more flavour and delivering a stronger brew. Fun fact: the third or fourth steeping is considered the best!!
Ooo-who? What is an oolong tea and why should I be drinking it?
Sadly oolong teas aren’t common in the west but we’re hoping to change that. “Oolong” comes from the Chinese "Wu Long Cha", meaning “The Black Dragon.”
Rightly its own category of tea, oolong tea is distinguished by the level of oxidation. All tea leaves start to oxidize once plucked; Black teas are fully oxidized while green teas have little oxidation. Anything that has an oxidation level between 8 – 85%, is considered an oolong tea. Depending on where it sits on the scale impacts the level of caffeine, antioxidants and overall flavour. The lower the oxidation, the closer it is to a green tea in taste, with a higher level of antioxidants and lower level of caffeine. The reverse is true for higher levels of oxidation.
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Moving oo-long, how to make the perfect oolong tea
Step 1: Use one teaspoon per cup.
Step 2: Use freshly drawn boiled water that has been cooled to 80-85ºC. (Using boiling water can damage the leaves)
Step 3: Avoid oversteeping, we recommend 90 seconds. Taste it and then decide if you’d like to steep a little longer.
Step 4: To Milk or not to milk? We prefer our oolong as it comes but if you’re an adventurous, biscuit dunking, milk adding oolong tea drinker, who are we to judge!
Arghhhh my worst nightmare, you’re out of stock!
Tea monsters, don’t fret if you find we’re out of stock, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know when this delicious tea is back in stock. It is also available at Ocado and we’re always working on finding additional stockists.
If you haven't already, check out our other oolong tea, Iron Buddha, and see how it compares
We’re a nation of tea monsters consuming over 165 million cuppas every year and growing. To keep up with the worlds growing love affair with tea in a socially just and environmentally sustainably way, the Ethical Tea Partnership was formed. Working with individual tea estates, we help producers & smallholder farmers raise their performance against international social & environmental standards to produce ethical tea, as well as address key issues holding back tea sustainability in the global tea producing regions. Funded by us and the other members, this training and support is free for the tea producers (yay).
Last year we were in the office discussing single use plastics and knew that we had to address this in any way we could. We coined the umbrella term guilt-free sipping to cover all our commitments to the environment going forwards. One of the biggies is removing pesky plastic from our packaging completely this year, we already have 100% biodegradable and compostable teabags and takeaway cups.
Ingredients: Each box contains 75g of loose leaf oolong tea
Storage instructions: Keep away from moisture (until it lands in your cup!) We recommend you store your oolong tea in an opaque, airtight container. It might look pretty in glass, but the light damages the tea leaves and subsequent taste. Nooooooo!