Tea shop in Taiwan, sampling oolong tea

Taiwan is for Oolong

Oolong is the tea type found on the tea continuum between green and black. We visited our Taiwanese tea source to learn about oolong. Taiwan’s wet, steep, mountainous regions make for prime oolong growing environs. In conjunction with topography and talent, Taiwan has a reputation in the tea world as the producer of the finest oolong in the world. In Taiwan (formerly Formosa) we learned that growing tea is a family affair. Everyone has a role – tea master, marketer, tea house manager, local and and international distribution, and public relations.

We drove up the steepest road I’ve ever been on in my life to get to the tea farm where the bulk of our oolong is grown. We stayed at the high mountain tea farm where we learned the oldest brother of this family started the tea farm. Other brothers then joined him and they expanded their tea operations. Soon more family members fell in line to distribute the tea. We slept where the tea pickers sleep, and walked the rows and rows of camellia sinensis. The views were endless and revealed tea farm after tea farm on the steep slopes. As you might know, oolong can withstand multiple steepings, and we sipped steep after steep of mouthwatering oolong.

136 E Broadway St, Missoula
Judy Hogg
Best store in Montana possibly in all of the United States. I don't know. This is the first Gong Fu tea shop I've ever been to. I came in for a matcha whisk because I donated mine to a museum. Before I left a random customer who was introduced to me as a regular bought me tea. I hugged him which isn't something I normally do. But I was incredibly thankful. Then the man behind the counter gave me a free sample. I went in looking for a simple tool and left with tea and a happy spirit. I am looking forward to making it back as soon as possible! I loved it. I think it will always hold a special place in my blood pumping organ.
Sari Barnes
This atmosphere of this shop is so wonderfully cozy and pleasant. The menu has such a nice selection of to-go options and the loose teas to purchase for home brewing are phenomenal and in vast selection. The service was quick and friendly. I came here with my family and we bought many of the different teas to try, as well as some to-go teas. My sister and I really enjoyed their house Chai. It was the perfect amount of spice and tea, like a spicy hug for your soul. I will be recommending this shop to others in the future.
Brooke Blackler
I've been going to Lake Missoula Tea Company for years, and recently have had the privilege of putting some of their tea in my store. The quality of the tea is fantastic, and the blends are delightful. I have also attended one of their tasting / learning events and it was great. I highly recommend their downtown store for meeting with friends, family or even just for a nice place to go and have a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
Tim Specht
Amazing variety great prices and they'll brew top shelf teas you may be reluctant to buy before trying for a dollar more. Great selection for Missoula. Friendly knowledgeable staff and beautiful tea sets and accessories
Ashley Nelson
The atmosphere was so relaxing and pleasant I could stay there all day! The staff are super helpful and polite and helped me with all my questions (not to mention some helpful tips from patrons as well). The tea they have is top notch and all the selection you could ask for