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Phoenix Mountain Oolong

Item No. 500152

Available: Online Exclusive

This unique Oolong comes from a centuries-old tea varietal. The jet-black leaves turn green after steeping.

Flavor Notes

A pungent and fragrant cup, with deep plum and sweet apricot notes

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About this tea

Tea Story

Phoenix (Fenghuang) Mountain is located along the coast of China's Guangdong province. For several hundred years, small farmers here have grown a unique strain of the tea bush, notable for its thick central trunk. The freshly picked leaves are hand-processed in small batches by skilled workers, who labor through the night alternately rolling the leaves, then allowing them to rest. The leaves are then baked four to five separate times over coals until completely dried. The long, jet-black leaves turn olive green after steeping, and yield a strong, natural flavor with hints of apricot, plum and roasted grains.

Brewing Tips

Start with a preheated cup or teapot.
Measure 2 spoonfuls (3g) of tea for each cup of water.
Bring the water to boil; let it cool for 30 seconds (200° F) before steeping tea for 5 minutes.
Strain leaves while pouring.

Customer Reviews
  • Charlie Russel , drinking Peet's since 1990 6/17/12
  • Madeira Park, BC

Phoenix Mountain Oolong is a delightful Oolong that is fast becoming an afternoon favourite. About mid-way along the green to black scale of Oolongs this tea has the best of both types. A rich fruity nose, and a full, almost sweet, flavour, this is a tea that lends itself to an afternoon break from work by encouraging you to savour it and enjoy the complexity. Steep at no more than 195 degrees F (90 C) to bring out its best character, this is a tea that can easily handle two or three steepings without becoming insipid.

  • Cynthia 1/12/11
  • Cambridge, MA

I adore oolong tea and try to taste as many different types from as many different sources as I can. I've purchased very expensive oolongs from small specialty tea shops around the world and "off the rack" oolongs from chain stores near home. Guess what I always come back to as my all-time favorite oolong? Phoenix Mountain. Thank you Peet's!

  • Tina , drinking Peet's since 2005 9/28/10
  • Chicago

EXCELLENT. The best Oolong tea I have ever had!

  • karin huebner 2/2/03
  • santa monica, CA

i have my daily peet's coffee in the morning, always smooth, always rich, full of flavor to begin my day. But by the afternoon, I take a turn to tea, my favorite at the moment is phoenix mountain oolong, for a clean, fresh, and soothing experience. It helps me restart my day! The subtle essence of apricot absolutely sends me, and i feel invigorated, feeling like I have injested something so good for my body and my soul. I let it steep between 4 to 5 min. to bring it to a perfect, blossomy, and rich aroma and taste. Yum yum, I am going over right now for my 'pot a tea.'

Employee Reviews
  • Sooz 7/29/09
  • Customer Service
  • Home Office
  • Home Office, CA

Something that has always struck me about this tea is its ability to make you pause and be still for a while. Even if just a moment, to let that deep, pit-fruit flavor sink in. It's almost as if your body knows without being told that there's something ancient here, something to be respected - tea that comes from trees older than many of your lifetimes put together. Whether you make a sweet, dry peachy cup or a very full, toasty and almost earthy cup, it's quite an experience.

  • Kelsey Short 6/30/05
  • Retail Sales
  • Hastings Ranch, Pasadena, CA
  • Hastings Ranch Pasadena, CA

Phoenix Mountain Oolong is smooth and mild and brews to a beautiful golden honey color. It is equally enjoyable whether taken in large gulps or savored in tiny sips. It has a wonderful aroma of old wood with a slight pucker finish. Drinking this tea is a very hearty and enjoyable experience.

  • Rich Avella 1/9/02
  • Tasting Trainer Lead
  • Emeryville CA
  • Emeryville, CA

One of my favorite teas to drink in the afternoon, Phoenix Mountain has the classic smooth and sweet qualities of the best oolongs. It begins with a sweet honeysuckle aroma and builds in intensity to a pleasant toasty and spicy finish.

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