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Rizhao Xueqing (Snow Blue Green)

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Rizhao Xueqing (Snow Blue Green)

 

– 2019 Harvest is in Transit to us –


Oxidation:
none
Manufacture: hot-air fired

 

Appearance: dark green, open, twisted, small spiral leaf
Flavor: big and sweet and rich in the cup
Aroma: the fragrance is stunningly fresh, very fresh
Liquor: deep green with a tinge of yellow

 

 

Shandong Province, China

2018 Li Xia tea:
4th Spring Harvesting Season
(from May 7th until May 21st)

 

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

 

 

img-more_seasonal Seasonal Teas 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

The 2019 harvest will be available in the middle of June. This tea is grown at a similar latitude as the tea gardens in Korea and Japan, so is quite a bit later to be harvested than teas from the southern or western tea gardens of mainland China.

Rizhao Xueqing has become a Tea Trekker customer favorite Chinese green tea. This tea is well into its fifth year as a member of Tea Trekker’s collection of premium Chinese green teas, and we are quite pleased with its flavor profile and consistency of quality from season to season. It is one of the most delicious ‘spring’ green teas in flavor that, because of its far-northern origins, is not actually harvested until late May.. so is technically a Li Xia pluck. (The leaf for this tea is grown at a latitude that is similar to that which is grown in Korea and Japan.) This longer growing season provides a depth of flavor that is unusual in a Chinese green tea.

Rizhao Xueqing has well-shaped, neat, compact, tightly-curled leaves that are deep green in color. The flavor is big and sweet in the cup – buttery and full – and the fragrance is stunningly fresh. This is a very impressive tea that has more ‘oomph’ than many leafy Chinese green teas, (due to the maturation that occurs during its long growing season) so for those looking for substance in the cup, we highly recommend this delicious tea. It is also a great ‘keeper’ – it is similar to a country green in terms of storage ability. Because of its longer and later harvest time, this tea will keep well for more than a year, and if kept at an even, cool temperature even longer. (but do not freeze it!!)

This is not a complicated tea, but a tea to drink with gusto. Our Rizhao Xueqing is the same premium grade as we source every year – a ‘super-grade‘ from the 2018 spring harvest. It is not the usual ‘tourist-grade’ tea sold to visitors at touristy temple sites in this sacred Buddhist region.

In a country that began to develop tea and tea culture over a thousand years ago, this tea, which was first created in  the late 1960’s and early 1970’s by the China Tea Research Institute in Shandong Province, is a modern newcomer. While it has no august pedigree that connects it back to the Tang dynasty or another historical tea period, it has the distinction of being,….. well, mighty delicious and distinctive.

Starting with a rudimentary geography lesson, Shandong Province lies south of Beijing and north of Shanghai. Rizhao Xueqing is made in the Mt. Laoshan range, which is the largest coastal mountain range in China. This range consists of several mountains – Mt Fu, Mt Zao’er, Mt Shuangfeng, Mt Dading, and Mt Taizi, but is known collectively as the Laoshan. Mt Laoshan is a sacred Taoist mountain; however, meditation and solitude is optional when drinking this tea.

The highest peak lies at just under 4,000 feet above sea level and much of the footprint of the mountain mass juts out into the Yellow sea creating a coastline of bays and coves, somewhat similar to the topography of Maine in North America or Brittany in Europe. Mt Laoshan is comprised of a high percentage of granite rock, which gives the soil unique growing characteristics.

Locals say that the tea from this region has good energy. The ‘yang’ of its granite peaks and the ‘yin’ of the Yellow Sea creates good tea ‘qi’.  We could not agree more! When we visited this beautiful region we were struck by the ‘oceans’ of bamboo that rustle in the mountain breezes and create a gentle background sound that is simutaneously calming and refreshing. The residents of the area are exceptionally proud and honest, with a kind heart.