2016 Buddha's Tea green tea

Buddha’s Tea

$8.50$112.00

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Green Tea

 

Buddha’s Tea (Jiu Hua Shan Fo Cha)

 

Appearance: Thin and bulky needle-leaf style Mao Feng; carefully Basket fired and hand-shaped
Oxidation: none
Flavor: Soft, sweet-earth, vegetal flavor
Aroma: refreshing, delicate aroma that is clean and enticing
Liquor: clear golden-colored liquor

 

Jiu Hua Shan
Qingjang County
Anhui Province, China

Before the Rains
Yu Qian
(April 5th-April 20th)

 

China Spring Green Tea:

 

Chinese spring green teas are sold by seasonal designations indicating the time in the spring that the tea was harvested and manufactured. The earlier the tea is plucked the smaller the yield of this tea will be for the year (and the more expensive the tea will be).

 

Early spring plucked teas:

Pre-Qing Ming tea: 1st Spring Harvesting Season from end of March to before April 5th
Pre-Qing Ming teas are the first teas plucked each new spring season. Depending on the location and altitude in each tea-producing region, leaf plucking can begin as early as the middle week of March and continue until April 5th.

Pre-Qing Ming teas command the highest prices because the demand for these teas outpaces the supply each year. This is especially true for the Famous Teas such as Long Ding and Longjing, and the fever for these teas is high in China as well as in the West

 

Yu Qian (Before the Rain) tea: 2nd Spring Harvesting Season from April 5th to April 20th

 

Late spring plucked teas:

Gu Yu tea: 3rd Spring Harvesting Season from April 21st to May 6th
Li Xia tea: 4th Spring Harvesting Season from May 7th until May 21st

Use 1.5 Tablespoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz of water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each.Water temperature should be 170°F-180° F

Buddha’s tea has all of the appealing, lush qualities of a fresh, delicate, sweet eastern China spring green tea. In the cup this tea has that special delicious something year after year and we think that our 2016 batch of  Buddha’s tea is one of the best in recent memory. This tea never disappoints in sheer deliciousness. The leaf is large and bulky, so be sure to use enough to obtain the pure, sweet taste!

Buddha’s tea has a high chlorophyll content that gives this tea a high degree of  ‘umami‘ ( the 5th element of taste). This means that the tea liquor has a buttery soft, mouth-filling, satisfying texture in the cup.

We love Buddha’s tea and drink it most mornings. The green teas from this part of Anhui Province are very special – they are delicious and lovely in appearance, clean and clear in flavor, and enticingly aromatic and sweet.

Tea from the Jiu Hua Mountain is not very well known in the West – nor in China, either, for that matter. Jiu Hua Mountain – the birthplace of this Fo Cha tea – holds special memories for us. On our first tea buying trip to China we visited the Zhan Tian Buddhist Temple and we were invited to join the head Monk for a vegetarian meal. It was a ‘farm to table’ experience long before that term was coined! Later, we had a midnight tour of the bustling Jiu Hua Mao Feng Factory  (yes, they work “around the clock” during prime harvest season).

Fo Cha is the local name for this tea. The Jiu Hua mountain is a magical place of dense woods, waterfalls, bamboo forests, and green tea that is imbued with a refreshing sweetness from the special environment of this rarefied place. Remote and densely forested, and filled with caves and and ancient temples, Jui Hua has always held an attraction for monks and other ascetics. The mountain has been named one of the four most important Buddhist mountains in China.

Tea has been made here for over 700 years. This needle-leaf variation of Fo Cha is a customer favorite for us year after year. The raw leaf material is comprised of two leaves and a bud – which makes it a perfect mao feng pluck. This is a beautiful tea- it is stylish in appearance, very well-made and distinctive. The leaves are very long and light, so be sure to use enough when steeping.

Fans of Anji Bai Cha green tea, listen up!

Our Jiu Hua Fo Cha tea is similar in appearance and flavor sweetness to Anji Bai Cha but at a lower price. This year we feature both teas from the 2016 Yu Qian spring harvest, so you can taste for yourself! Give it a try which you prefer. 

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