High Mountain Tea

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drank Li Shan by High Mountain Tea
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I picked this up on sale from this company’s Kensington Market location. I think it’s from winter 2016, though I’m not entirely sure. The salesperson kindly opened the vacuum-sealed package to let me smell the tea, so regardless, it’s in very good condition. I steeped about 5 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot using 195F water for 25, 20, 30, 30, 45, 60, 180, and 240 seconds, followed by another long steep.

This Li Shan is buttery and floral, with interesting mineral and cooked spinach notes in the background. It’s also one of the sweeter ones I’ve had, with a sugarcane quality in the first four or so steeps. The vegetal mixed with the sweet makes for an interesting combination. Even steeping at two minutes, the florals aren’t completely gone and the tea isn’t too grassy or bitter.

This is a solid Li Shan that I’ll have no trouble finishing, but possibly because of my brewing, it didn’t shine for me. I’ll have to try some of their other teas, such as the Pinglin Red that Indigobloom reviewed a while ago.

One final note: Why are small (80-100 ml) plain porcelain pots so darn expensive? Is it just because they’re almost impossible to find? I ask because I saw them for around $70, and while they looked nice, I don’t think they were handmade or particularly special.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Mineral, Spinach, Sugarcane

195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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So good. I was hoping for more of a green refreshing tea, but this turned out all warm and roasty. Not exactly what I was seeking… oh well, it was so full of flavour I’m not sure I mind. And I should have remembered back to when I bought this one and was told it was made in the old style, not the newer one that’s all zingy.
Anyhow. Notes of chestnut, bamboo, vanilla, okra, and something I can’t quite put my finger on. Autumn maybe. Yeah lets go with that… all with a hint of lingering summer in the air. Day old cut grass (in a good way)


Oh, intersting combination of notes there. That’s quite the range.


I think I made it through seven infusions. Some were more green and others roasty. Also I should clarify… okra to me is kinda not that fresh tasting. I guess I should have specified cooked! a unique TGY for sure though. I don’t think I’ve had one quite like that before! :D


Wow, seven!


I made half of them all at once lol
In small teacups that I sampled from and then I combined them in a giant mug

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I need to hit up Kensington Market more often. This place made it to the tea festival in January, but I didn’t get a chance to see their teas because it was swarmed with people all the time. I’d been meaning to visit ever since.
I chatted with the owner for atleast half an hour before picking some of this up. He recommended this one, highly. and he was right.
I’m finding notes of sweet potato, molasses, maybe corn? second infusion had a slight menthol effect, and the third one has a bit of smokiness to it.
Very sweet on it’s own. Reminds me slightly of a baked ham, with brown sugar (sans pineapple and saltiness haha)

On a more personal note, I had some disturbing news from the doctor yesterday. This tea purchase was my aftercare. Still processing things. Nothing life threatening but I don’t think it will go away and it has me questioning every decision I’ve ever made. and the medication… seems I have more decisions to make now. Sorry for the vagueness. Sighs. Curveballs suck.


I’m wishing you the best, Indigo!

Evol Ving Ness

Damn it, had I known, I could have taken Dex when we were there. I will have to check it out the next time I am in the vicinity.

Evol Ving Ness

Ouf! I have just read down to your last paragraph. So sorry that all this angst is crammed together with self-doubt. I hope a couple of good night’s sleep and a bit of reflection sorts and clarifies things. If I can be of help, holler. I have a lot of good contacts in the the world of alternatives.

Evol Ving Ness

My first stop would be a naturopath to see how to balance and reverse things if possible. I’ve got a good one if this is of interest.


@tea-sipper thank you <3

@Evol – he’s got really good stuff. Most of the sample packets are the standard intro ones for beginners, but might still be good to try. $20 for five. Tempting but I just got this one and a TGY. Right beside the Witches Brew if you know where that is. And Little Pebble coffee (Japanese desserts!)


I will put you on the prayer list as of now. Hopefully it will be something that can be treated easily.

Maddy Barone

Thinking good thoughts for you.


Sending prayers your way.


Praying that you’ll have great peace, patience, and perseverance

Evol Ving Ness

Perhaps my other comments are not coming through. If I have said something untoward, my apologies. Hoping that the sunlight is making things easier and kinder.


@Evol Strange, I only saw the one comment the other day – haven’t logged in since. I’ll msg you on fb. Thank you! <3


@ mrmopar, Maddy Barone, Teatotaler, Gmathis: thank you all so much for the kind thoughts. I didn’t expect to get so much love. Your words have made me feel better, truly xox

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