2016 Buddha's Tea green tea

Jiu Hua Fo Cha (Buddha’s Tea)



Green Tea


Jiu Hua Shan Fo Cha (Buddha’s Tea)


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


Qingjang County,
Anhui Province, China

Tea Harvesting Season:

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

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:Buddha’s tea has all of the appealing, lush qualities of a fresh, delicate, sweet eastern China spring green tea. In the cup Buddha’s 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 disapppoints in sheer deliciousness. The leaf is large and bulky, so be sure to use enough to obtain the 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 Fo Cha 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 Shan is not very well known in the West – nor in China, either, for that matter. Jiu Hua Shan – the birthplace of Fo Cha tea – holds special memories for us. On our first tea buying trip to China we visited the Zhan Tian Buddhist Temple (we had a vegetarian meal there and tea with the head monk). Later, we had a midnight tour of the bustling Jiuhua Mao Feng Factory  (yes, they work “around the clock” during prime harvest season).

Fo Cha is the local name for this tea. This 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 rarified 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. 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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