The Wu Mountain Exclusive menu is a subset of teas that are highly rare, unique, or available for purchase exclusively on this website. While our standard menu includes some offerings more commonly available, such as Organic Matcha, the Wu Mountain Exclusive list presents our offerings that truly can be found nowhere else but here. These are small-batch productions carried out in person by us using our own – in some cases patented – tea craftsmanship techniques. For the seasoned connoisseur that’s tried ’em all, WMT Exclusive is guaranteed to infuse some new-fangled flavor into your daily cup.
Wu Mountain’s Champagne Black Tea is the custom creation of world-renowned tea specialist, Dr. Zhang, a tea researcher with expertise in tea growth, cultivation and processing. The production style innovated by Dr. Zhang in the creation of Champagne Black Tea is unique for several reasons. First, tea plants cultivated for Champagne Black production are of the Jinxuan cultivar, a prized strain that uniquely attracts a specific insect known as the small green leafhopper. Light leafhopper infestation induces natural alterations in tea leaf metabolism, causing the formation of entirely unique aroma compounds. The newly formed aroma volatiles in “bug-bitten” tea are characteristically floral, fruity and sweet. Using these metabolically distinct Jinxuan tea leaves, Dr. Zhang further applies his custom processing technique that includes slow baking at low temperatures over several hours. Avoiding excessive heat during the slow-roasting process allows Champagne Black to develop mellow and savory undertones that balance the leafhopper-induced stonefruit/floral headnotes. This one-of-a-kind offering is the result of years of research and development, a treasure to be enjoyed anytime, and worthy of top-shelf placement in any connoisseur collection.
Traditional Chinese wisdom attests that 5 years-aged White Tea is a treasure, while 7 years-aged White Tea is medicine (the saying also rhymes in Chinese, making it considerably catchier). To this day, the metabolic profile of aged White Tea remains an active area of research. So far, we know that one important factor in White Tea transformation with age comes from its craftsmanship, a process that excludes high-heat enzymatic fixing. With a small amount of enzymatic activity preserved, White Tea sees the slow accumulation of unique and beneficial tea leaf phytonutrients over time.
In 2015, with the hopes of offering our own aged White Tea someday, we set aside a limited quantity of that years Silver Needle White Tea for storage in a cool, dark and dry environment. From there, we let nature take its course. In 2020, the same Silver Needle White Tea remains two years shy of ‘medicine’ status in the eyes of traditional Chinese, but makes the cut as a bona fide ‘treasure’. Aside from health benefits including cardioprotective, anti-diabetic and neuroprotective, much of the treasured value of aged White Tea derives from its unique flavor profile. The engine of continuous metabolic change creates not only healthful compounds, but uniquely flavorful ones too. At the time of storage in 2015, our Silver Needle White Tea brewed an infusion that was bright, brisk, and slightly tannic, a taste profile which over the years has matured into a richer, smoother and more mellow composition. Newly formed aroma notes of molasses and Maplewood have begun to replace the heady honeysuckle tang of the tea’s formative years. Overall, this Wu Mountain Exclusive offering is a unique treat to share with fellow tea lovers over the months and years to come. For more detailed information on White Tea, including production techniques and health benefits, check out our three-part blog series on the topic here.
(Note: this product is packaged in half pound (227 gram) bags. Due to limited quantity, we request only one order per customer please).
2015 Silver Needle White Tea$95.00
A unique black tea offering sourced selectively from an old-growth forest in Southwest Yunnan, the evolutionary birthplace of the tea plant itself. Tea trees cultivated for Old-Arbor Yunnan Gold are well over 100 hundred years of age, and possess deep roots, large frames and hearty leaves and shoots. Over the years, these centenarian tea trees have developed increasingly unique and complex metabolic profiles, shooting leaves that embody a richer, thicker, and more distinctive flavor profile. The creation of Old-Arbor Yunnan Gold employs the time-tested sun-drying method, which allows for the formation of more mellow taste and bolder fruit notes in the aroma. Combined with the naturally nutrient-rich old tree material, Yunnan Gold craftsmanship shapes a wild-grown plant medicinal into a flavorful and aromatic health-beverage. For those seeking to taste Black Tea in its most naturally rich and essential form, Old-Arbor Yunnan Gold is a must-try.
‘Moonlight’ white indicates high-grade white tea crafted from Yunnan large-leaf tea cultivars. One innate characteristic of large-leaf tea cultivars is the abundance of small hairs on the shoots and leaves. White tea craftsmanship involves a prolonged leaf withering process causing these tea leaf hairs to turn white/grey, while the backdrop color of the leaf itself becomes a darker green or black. The resulting black/white contrast gave birth to the name ‘moonlight’ white tea. A first-flush Spring 2020 tea, Moonlight White Tea has a rich, full-bodied flavor with a long-lasting molasses finish. The aroma is robustly floral with notes of maple and honeydew. The tea has been pressed into 100g cakes, making it convenient for storage, aging, gifting, or travel. Finally, the tea is USDA-certified organic, the highest tier of assurance concerning consumer and environmental well-being. For more detailed information on White Tea, including production techniques and health benefits, check out our three-part blog series on the topic here.