2017 Dragon Whiskers green tea

Dragon Whiskers (Wu Yan Chun Yu)

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Green Tea

Dragon Whiskers (Wu Yan Chun Yu)

 

Appearance: open-twisted, curled style
Grade: 1st Grade Mao Jian pluck – the bud and one leaf
Oxidation: none
Manufacture: pan-fired, hand rolled
Flavor: rich, full-bodied, buttery
Aroma: sweet, fresh, lingering
Liquor: pale amber

 

Wu Yi County
Zhejiang Province, China

2017 Yu Qian / Before the Rains
2nd Spring Harvesting Season
(April 5th-April 20th)

 

China Spring Green Tea:

 

Chinese spring green teas are categorized by four seasonal designations indicating which time in the spring the tea was picked and manufactured. The earlier the tea is plucked the smaller the yield of that tea will be and the more expensive the tea will be. The earliest plucked teas are the most desirable for sweetness and delicacy, and the fever for these teas is high in China as well as in the West. Chinese spring green teas are only plucked once a year in their designated harvesting seasons.

 

 – 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 spring. This is especially true for Famous Teas such as Gan Lu, Long Ding, Longjing, Lu Shan, Tai Ping Hou Kui, and Zhu Ye Qing.

 

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

 

 

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

This is a lovely, very well-made country green tea that is modest in price but long on flavor. It is back this year by popular demand as a Tea Trekker customer favorite.

Good news for fans of this tea…..the 2017 season has produced a very tasty batch of this tea, made from more concentrated, medium-sized, spring leaf. This batch really impressed us. The finished tea is about the same size as the traditional size for Dragon Whiskers (slightly larger than last year’s)  .

Each year we purchase a larger quantity of this tea as we expect word-of-mouth about the goodness and value of this tea to continue to spread. We were first introduced to this tea at the Fang Cun tea market in Guangzhou some years ago and ordered it immediately. Sweet, refreshing and readily drinkable, this tea has become the everyday tea for many of our customers. Dragon Whiskers is made from Longjing varietal tea bushes that are grown not for production of Longing (this is not the Longjing production zone) but for making this delicious regional tea.

In China, teas such as this are known as Clouds & Mist teas, a reference to a weather phenomenon that occurs  in many mountainous tea growing locations of eastern China. At certain high elevations, thin, wispy clouds develop over the landscape in the morning and drift whichever way the wind blows over the tea gardens. This brings much needed gentle moisture to the tea bushes.These misty clouds disappear in the afternoon, only to return again the next day.

This mao jian pluck – the bud and one leaf –  is very elegant in appearance which makes for an easy-to-measure leaf that yields a very tasty cup with good clarity and sweet spring aroma. It has a rich, full-bodied, buttery flavor in the cup to satisfy Western tea drinkers, yet has enough of the sweetness of early spring tea to make it truly special.

Easy to steep, this tea is reasonably forgiving about water temperature and steep time. This is not to suggest that attention should not be paid to steeping parameters, but that it is a more ‘tolerant’ tea than some others in the teapot.