2016 Dragon Whiskers green tea

Dragon Whiskers

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Green Tea

Dragon Whiskers

 

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

2016 Yu Qian
2nd Spring Harvesting Season
(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

 

img-more_seasonal Seasonal Tea Explained

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…..we were able to obtain a very tasty batch of this tea that is made from younger, smaller early spring leaf. This batch really impressed us. The finished tea is smaller in size than last year’s Dragon Whiskers ( the leaf is smaller than the picture) so fans may need to adjust their customary measurement.

Each year we purchase larger quantities of this tea as we expect word-of-mouth about the goodness and value of this tea to continue spreading. 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  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, whispy 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 pretty 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.

 

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