- Tea Knowledge
Though the evocative name Yun Wu, meaning ‘clouds [and] mist’, is a frequent moniker for roasted teas from alpine regions, the venerable sort from Lu Shan has been of note since at least the Song Dynasty. One whiff of the wettened, spicy leaves will conjure that mountain floating on a sea of clouds, the moisture and the scent of pine bathing the tea plants before they are plucked and subjected to a delicate and time-honed process of wok-roasting, shaking, rolling on bamboo, and roasting again. Harvested before the Qingming Festival (the fifteenth day after the vernal equinox), the tea is particularly prized. The scent of pepper in a gaiwan’s lid gives way to roasted peppers in the infusion, wonderfully complemented by sugarcane sweetness and a cooling finish. A perfect extract of lush mountain in a teacup.
For best results brew in a tall glass and fill with water before adding the leaves. Too high water temperature would burn the leaves, and the tea would taste bitter and sour.