Delicious Lu Shan – welcome back again for this season of 2019 teas.
Our memory of you from the last few years is that you were one of the most delightful teas each year. Focused, direct, and the exemplification of the taste of ‘green’, eastern China spring tea…
NOTE (Nov 17, 2019) This early harvest PQM tea is still drinking fairly well, but it is starting to ‘tire’, as all Spring Greens do at some point around this time of year. This is the reason that we are now out-of-stock of most PQM teas already: those ‘in the know’ purchased early in the season and have already drunk up what they purchased and have now moved on to the ‘Country Greens’ or oolongs or black tea. Lu Shan is currently drinking similarly to a very good country green, but it is not as fresh and lively as it once was…
If you are looking for a PQM that is still drinking close to as it was in the spring, we recommend the Bi Lo Chun; En Shi Yu Lu; Gan Lu; Longjing Weng-jia Shan; Ming Mei; and the Yunnan Hand-Rolled Green Curls – Imperial Grade at this time of the season.
And…we have two PQM teas that just arrived because they both need a bit of a ‘rest’ before they really shine: the Guzhang Maojian, and the Wild Needles of Hunan, which are both drinking really well now, and will for many more months or even a year…
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Lu Shan Yun Wu is from the ‘Golden Triangle’ region of eastern China where some of the finest Chinese green teas have been plucked and processed by hand for centuries: the point at which Jiangxi, Anhui and Zhejiang Provinces come together. These vast tea growing areas provide most of China’s ‘famous‘ green teas, the gardens sharing their tea mountains with an abundance of heavily-forested, lush terrain.
The term ‘clouds & mist’ refers to blankets of nourishing mists that develop in the forests and valleys each day and provide a lush, moist environment for the forest, birds and tea gardens. Lu Shan is blessed with ample water from the Yangtze River and Lake Poyang. Rich hydration results in sweet, tender buds and leaves that are filled with abundant plant nutrient and sweetness. The deep green color of Lu Shan suggests this rich, unspoiled environment. The long, thin leaves speak to hand-processing skills that are second to none. This is an extremely well-made tea.
Lu Shan tea has a stunning aroma – it is full of vibrancy and spring life. If one has never tried a Chinese spring green tea before, this would be our recommendation of where to start. You will be a convert for life if you follow its traditional steeping instructions. Once you are familiar with the traditional steeping result, you can experiment to find how you prefer it best, because this tea is good short-steeped, long-steeped, steeped multiple times, and every way possible!
During the Tang dynasty ( 618-907 ) the tea sage Lu Yu wrote of the delicious nature of Lu Shan tea. Today, because of the natural beauty of Lu Shan, a part of the mountain has become a high-level resort area. Both Chiang Kai-chiek and Mao Zhedong had summer cottages here, far away from the demands of life in government.
Lu Shan tea has been cultivated for nearly 1500 years and there are very exacting quality control regulations in place for tea farmers. We were told that nearly 40% of the fresh leaf grown in the area is deemed to be not good enough to become Lu Shan Yun Wu. Instead, this leaf is used to make other local types of green tea.
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 ( Qing Ming). Pre-Qing Ming teas command the highest prices because the demand for these teas outpaces the supply each year.
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