GREEN TEA - LU CHA
Spring 2021 Teas are here and more arriving!
Lu Shan Yunwu Cloud and Mist - 2 oz
Premium, tender, jade-colored leaves from the cloud and mist-shrouded Lu Shan in Jiangxi are picked in Spring. Refreshing, fragrant, buttery (like picholine olive) and vegetal, with hint of fruit and a thick, soupy mouthfeel and a pleasant lingering aftertaste. A favorite green for its classic, nostalgic taste .Jiangxi, China Spring First Flush 2021
Mojiang Silver Strand Spring Pure Bud Green Tea - 2 oz
This is another green tea I could drink all day. The dry leaf has a very refreshing nutty aroma that makes me open up and relax. The tea soup is thick and viscous, very smooth and sweet with soupy umami-ness and notes of butered corn (or popcorn?) and asparagus A subtle flirt of flowers and spice entices the palate on the finish. Overall a beautiful tea with very little astringency. Picked and processed before the Spring rains. First Flush 2021
Ai Lao Shan Spring Buds - 2 oz
Hand picked, first flush Spring buds from high elevation Ai Lao Mountain, Yunnan, China. Dry leaf presents aromatic notes of olive, pea flower and oats. Brews up a rich, aromatic soup with umami, sweet fruit and light floral notes, with a refreshing hui gan (throat feel). a pleasure to drink and full of chi! High elevation teas are aromatic and flavorful as they grow slower, concentrating the sugars and nutrients in the leaf. For best results, brew at 170 F.. Simao Prefecture,Yunnan, China. Spring First Flush 2021
Simao Bamboo Leaf Green tea - 2 oz
Delicate Assamica buds from Simao were picked at First Flush and processed in the style of Sichuan's zhu ye qing for a POTENT, complex, savory Yunnan green with a lot of cha qi! The dry leaf presents with a distinct umami - marine (bonito?) aroma. The tea soup is strong with a savory, brothy, umami character, and notes of edamame and spinach. While rich in flavor and tannins, this tea has a deep, sweet counternote that provides an overall balance. The drinker is left with a stimulated palate and 'awakened' body feeling. I like to brew this tea in a gaiwan or "grandpa-style" using a 12 ounce glass, about 2 grams of tea, and pouring hot water over to brew. Sip without straining and re-brew throughout the day. A little goes a long way, Play around with amounts and brewing temps in the range of 160 - 175F. Spring 2021.
Zhejiang Long Jing Dragon Well Green Tea - 2 oz
This premium grade Long jing was picked in Hangzhou in early Spring before the rains. It is one of China's famous teas and widely enjoyed until early Fall for its refreshing properties. The classic description of Long Jing is its "roasted chestnut" aroma, and viscous tea soup with sweet, nutty, brothy and vegetal notes. I like to brew it 'Grandpa Style", which is typical in Hangzhou - placing a few grams of leaves in a glass, and pouring hot water over, drinking without straining. Can usually brew 2 to 3 times this way. Brew with 175 to 185 F water, lower to bring out the sweetness. Spring Flush 2021.
Shandong Jade Green - 2oz
A customer favorite! Dry leaf presents aromas of toasted nori, popcorn and virgin olive oil. The soup is thick and robust with roasty, umami and vegetal (arugula, snap peas) notes. Rich in selenium and antioxidants. A delightful, refreshing tea for everyday drinking. Brew at 170F for best results.
Shandong, China. Spring First Flush 2020
Dian Lu Simao "Water Dragon" - 2 oz
This traditional-style Yunnan green tea is full and rich with strong cha qi (tea energy) and luscious, fragrant aroma. This Camellia Sinensis Assamica varietal is hardy and potent and can be brewed several times in short steepings with 170-175F water.
Simao Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China. Spring Flush 2020