Hidden Peak Teahouse

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Desperately needed a real weekend but had too much work to do, so I just squeezed in an hour or so at the teahouse for a quick escape and reading break. I try to make a point to try something different when I go, and this was the pick this trip.

It’s a really wonderful tea. Clean and sweet, super-drinkable with nothing that might turn you away. I guess there was sort of a date thing going on, but mostly just brown sugar sweetness. Uncomplicated but not boring, which made it a good tea to sip while reading a somewhat attention-demanding book. Admittedly the very soothing teahouse atmosphere tends to amplify the effects of anything consumed there, but definitely felt more energized/calm (and not slightly spacey like sometimes happens to me with too much tea in too little time) when I left than when I arrived. It’s the kind of thing I wish I had for late night creative endeavors, or long days reading.

A small bag of this might have followed me home. So much for not buying more tea this month.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Dates


I’ve been wanting to visit Hidden Peak. It comes recommended by a few members here.

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I don’t like shou and I’ve tried a bunch. Actually I find it to taste boring and one dimensional but the best cha qi I ever got was from the first shou I had. Well, this is fantastic.

Dry leaf smell is leather and dirt. Wet smell is compost, wood and something alluring but faint (I think melon). I just know it smells great. I don’t have a problem with the “dirtiness” of shou but this one is so dang clean.

Taste is clean, creamy, dates, melon with a very noticeable lasting cooling.

Energy is strong but very relaxing at the same time. Perfect for nature and meditation.

I really can’t express enough how fantastic this is…I rush back to the gaiwan

Flavors: Compost, Dates, Dirt, Melon

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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This tea is a fantastically balanced pu-erh, with powerful and clean energy. I drink this regularly, and I would say it’s my favorite shou pu-erh by a fair margin. If you’re in the U.S. and you haven’t any of these teas from Hidden Peak, there’s a good chance you don’t know how good pu-erh can actually be.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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A very sumptuous dragonwell. Holds up really well to temperature variation.

Has that classical mineral-y taste that I often associate with Dragonwell. This is my favorite daily drinker.

Typically I brew it just after second boil and let it steep for a good four minutes. One of the reasons I like this tea so much is that I can let it brew longer and develop that heavy green flavor (without getting much bitterness).

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Very translucent light green liquor with a sublime aroma. Roasted taste and mellow notes.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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