Immortality by the Cup

“It can consume an entire household with the enchanting scent of orchid.” – Tea Master Huang

Dancong Oolong Leaves

The Eight Immortals Oolong Tea. Does it provide a life of immortality to you and seven loved ones? Unfortunately it doesn’t! But, what Eight Immortals Oolong does provide is an exceptional oolong tea experience rarely found in the Western world today. Officially our most premium oolong tea offering to date, Eight Immortals Oolong is a one of a kind experience with an equally intriguing backstory. 

Master Huang's tea garden

Eight Immortals Oolong is the creation of one of China’s most talented tea producers and dear friend of The Tea Spot, Master Huang. Tea Master Huang comes from a long line of tea masters that have been producing exquisite oolong teas in eastern Guangdong Province since the early 1800’s.

Tea Master Huang

As an international award-winning tea master, Master Huang prides himself on his extraordinary ability to produce world-class oolong tea. Master Huang’s production skills and technique utilize recent innovations in tea technology, while still preserving traditional production methods of his tea-producing ancestors.  

Tea Master Huang

Additionally, Master Huang uses the most premium raw tea leaf material, cultivated from his high altitude, pesticide-free, small-scale tea garden.  Huang’s tea garden is located in the Phoenix Mountain region, which is well-known for being an ideal microclimate for premium tea cultivation. The combination of mastery craftsmanship and exceptional natural growing conditions is what makes this Eight Immortals Oolong a truly unique and unforgettable tea selection. 

Phoenix Mountain Oolong Tea

The story behind this exquisite tea dates back to the 1600’s, in a tea field not far from Master Huang’s present-day farm. At that time, many various cultivars were all cultivated in the same field. Thirty or more different sub-species of Camellia Sinensis might all be growing within the same small tea garden. As the story goes, the Phoenix Mountain region was experiencing a particularly dry Summer season that year when a forest fire broke out that devastated much of the tea crop in the area. In one particular tea field, all but 8 individual trees were burnt to a crisp. These 8 surviving tea trees were all of the same cultivar; soon thereafter dubbed the Eight Immortals Cultivar.  

This particular cultivar proved to have remarkable aromatic qualities that when steeped, as Tea Master Huang puts it, “can consume an entire household with the enchanting scent of orchid.”

It was later believed by the farmers of the region that this natural disaster, which brought to light the treasured 8 Immortals cultivar, was a true blessing from the 8 immortals themselves, a famous band of gods omnipresent in ancient Chinese mythology.  

high mountain oolong trek

Master Huang he does not take this blessing from the Eight Immortals lightly. Huang treats tea cultivation and production as a process overseen by the immortals themselves. He executes each production batch with utmost precision and care, and feels blessed to provide us with this exceptional treat. On a sourcing trip, one member of The Tea Spot team spent several days on Master Huang’s farm observing his workmanship and even participating in the production process. We discovered that Huang’s Eight Immortals Oolong production process requires a 24 hour cycle of diligent processing, observing, and unbreakable focus in order to transform the raw leaf material into this highly aromatic and flavorful treasure. 

Maria producing oolong tea

Will you become the ninth immortal after steeping a fresh cup of Eight Immortals Oolong? Perhaps not. What we can guarantee, however, is a world-class tea experience provided by the union of exceptional environmental conditions, mastery craftsmanship, and a touch of divine intervention. Enjoy!  

Dylan Rothenberg

Dylan is a part-time employee of The Tea Spot, collaborating on product sourcing and tea research projects. He is currently a graduate student in the Tea Science department of South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, China, where his research is focused on the USDA organic tea industry. Dylan is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese. In Wintertime you can find him chasing powder snow in the mountains of Northern Japan.

  1. I’m looking to replicate a Formosa Oolong which had a more robust flavor especially one I found by serendipity years ago. It brewed up looking quite amber with a full natural sweetness similar to Jasmine. The Dark Roast Oolong from Tea Spot was not the same except that it was more robust than other Oolongs seen more recently.

  2. Hi Del, I suggest giving our Eight Immortals Oolong a try. It possesses a full natural sweetness and rich floral aroma, similar to many Formosa Oolongs. In terms of flavor and aroma profile, the Eight Immortals Oolong will more closely resemble the Formosa Oolong than the Dark Roast Oolong. Brewed up, Eight Immortals will not be quite as amber in color, because of the lesser degree of oxidation. However, much of the other characteristics that you appreciated in the Formosa tea can also be found in Eight Immortals. Hope this helps!

  3. This is blowing my mind. I want to meet this guy and drink tea under a tree with him. What a journey… A girl can dream. =)

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