Lu Mountain Cloud Mist Tea is a Chinese green tea from Jiangxi province. Pronounced “Lu Shan Yun Wu,” it has traditionally held the “China Famous Tea” designation, although these days it is only found in the top ten of some of the lists.
Cloud Mist tea is grown in the shade, which results in a high concentration of chlorophyll and nutrients in the leaves. It has a lasting sweet flavor with a touch of saltiness and a hint of baby spinach and hazelnut.
Where to buy
This tea can be difficult to get outside of China. You may find it in a specialty tea shop or through some online vendors. If you are unsure where to begin, you can check out some of my recommendations below.
How to Prepare Lu Mountain Cloud Mist Tea
The preparation instructions given here are for loose leaf teas. For tea bags, you can just follow the instructions given on the box.
Chinese green teas are generally much easier to brew than Japanese varieties and this one is no exception. Like most other green teas, it should be steeped in cooler water than black or oolong teas.
A temperature of 80°C (176°F) is a good starting point. To get this temperature, you can just use a simple stove-top kettle to bring the water to a boil and then let it cool down for about two minutes.
For Chinese teas, the temperature is not as important as it is for Japanese teas. As long as it is a bit below boiling, it should be fine. If you would like to be more accurate in judging the water temperature, you can simply use a thermometer.
If you plan on trying a lot of varieties of tea and/or coffee it might be worth it to invest in a water boiler/warmer or an electric kettle with a variable temperature setting. Personally, I recommend this Cuisinart kettle, because it has presets for every type of tea, so you always get the perfect temperature:
Many Chinese will brew this tea in a plain 8oz glass. Many restaurants in China do this as well. In tea shops, however, you will usually be served Lu Shan Yun Wu in a traditional lidded cup called a gaiwan, which is what I will use for these instructions.
- Fill your gaiwan (or glass) about halfway with hot water to pre-heat it. Tilt the cup a bit so that the water creeps up the side and then rotate it so the inside gets wet all the way around. Then pour the water out.
- Refill the gaiwan with hot water until it is about one quarter full. The water temperature should be below boiling; around 80°C (176°F) is ideal.
- Drop approximately 1 teaspoon of tea leaves into the water. Use 1.5 teaspoons if you are brewing your tea in an 8oz glass. Tilt the glass and turn it gently, letting all the leaves get wet and soak in some water.
- Fill the gaiwan the rest of the way with 80°C (176°F) water.
- Place the lid on the gaiwan and let the tea steep for 1-2 minutes. Enjoy your tea.
- When you get down to about one quarter of the tea remaining, refill the gaiwan with hot water of the same temperature as before and let it steep for 30 seconds to one minute.
- You can get 3-5 infusions out of most Lu Mountain Cloud Mist teas. Increase the steeping time 30 seconds to one minute for each infusion. How many infusions you do depends entirely on your taste. Experiment.
Use the amounts given in these instructions as a rough guide. If you find the resulting tea too weak, add more tea leaves; if it is too strong, reduce the amount of leaves used. Similarly, try increasing or decreasing the steeping times.
Many people already have an account with Amazon.com so it is probably the easiest place to buy tea online. Unfortunately, their selection of Lu Mountain Cloud Mist Tea is severely lacking. Your best bet is the Emperor’s Cloud and Mist tea. It comes from Teavana and is available in several different sizes.
The Lu Shan Yun Wu Tea from Art of Tea is a great value—a good quality tea at a very low price.
If you’re looking for an extremely high quality tea, try the Cloud Mist tea from Teavivre. As expected, it costs quite a bit more than the one from Art of Tea.