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"Bamboo Leaves" Green (Zhu Ye Qing)


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So named in 1964 because of the shape and color of the leaves, this is perhaps the best known tea from Emei Mountain in western Sichuan. A world heritage site that is surrounded by clouds for much of the year, Mt. Emei is a renowned and storied tea area. Little packets of Emei Green tea are placed in rooms at fine hotels in the area. For those who make the easy trek up Mt. Emei, a large temple and square await, where recordings of monks chanting fill the air.

Tea gardens that produce Bamboo Leaves Green (Zhu Ye Qing) range between 600 to 1500 meters in altitude. The dry leaves look as if they are single buds but this pre Qing Ming batch comprises a bud and a leaf budsets, which yield more flavor. Traditional de-enzyming proceeded in three stages of firing and resting/cooling.

Nowadays, there is scant manual contact with the tea. One production line processes fresh leaves through to the semi-finished dry tea, with the application of high temperature, automatic shaping, electrostatic color separation, sifting (non-tea particles) and drying. (This is quite different from most processing facilities where withering is done in one spot in the factory, firing in another, with the tea moved to cool elsewhere, then moved again to be rolled and later to be dried.)

Such an investment – the entire line is fully enclosed — speaks to the cachet this Green carries. Like Dragonwell from the far eastern part of the country, this tea is likely to be served in glasses, so the visual component can be appreciated.Use 1 rounded teaspoon (3g) dried tea leaves per 6 ounces of spring water heated to 175° to 185° F. and steep for 3-4 minutes. This tea can handle multiple infusions; add fresh hot water to the pot and increase the steeping time slightly for subsequent infusions, repeating until the flavor starts to fade.

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 10 July, 2020.