Curled Dragon Silver Tips tea is one of our deeply flavorful Chinese green teas that bridges the flavor profiles of the harvests of the two early spring seasons. Delightfully rich, this delicious tea is for all green tea lovers: the taste enthusiast, the novice, or a convert from stronger beverages such as black tea or coffee. CDST harvest is normally at the very end of March or in early April, right on the cusp of the time frames for both Pre-Qing Ming and Yu Qian designation. For 2018, the harvest just snuck into the second week in April, so this year’s offering is a Yu Qian preparation. (see the link to ‘Seasonal Teas’ below)
Curled Dragon Silver Tips is an extremely well-made tea, and a good example of the high level of hand-work that is customarily found in tea from Zhejiang Province. Distinctive for its tightly-curled form and the silver tips that peek out from the small spirals, this tea is in high demand both in China and Europe. It is lovely to observe both in its dry form and when in its various stages of rehydration when being steeped and re-steeped.
This tea is much-copied but never equaled, its unique flavor a result of the specific cultivar grown for it plus the particular growing region from which it comes, combined with the intricate manufacturing technique required to form its remarkable shape. Many teas are offered under this name; however, only a few are manufactured properly and are the authentic tea. We are fortunate that we have been sourcing this tea for several decades from its original terroir, and so have excellent suppliers for this remarkable and historically important green tea.
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