Joy at Dobrá Tea! Bi Lou Chun is a Chinese green tea made exclusively by hand in Dong Shan, on the gently sloping banks of Lake Tai. In 2006, on our trip to the Jiangsu province, we discovered that many of the residents of this area pick and process the tea in their own homes, ensuring that the tea is kept fresh in small, well-tended batches. Hanging over the tiny-leafed tea plants are fruiting trees: peach, apricot, and plum. They bloom as the plants reach their fullness, all in a tumult of wonderful smells reproduced by the sparkling infusion.
When gently brewed, the tea blossoms with a ripe, slightly astringent taste that is softly herbal and gracefully rich. This Chinese green tea presents with just a hint of oceanic spray and finishes with sweet notes of hazelnuts inhaled alongside fine aged oak barrels. As the wild spirals of these silvery and dark green leaves unfurl dynamically in the teapot, a tender ecstasy of flavor arises. This green tea is not to be missed!
[mou jee-ahn] Five Mountain and Two Pools
This distinguished green tea is found in China’s historic Henan Province, in a region known as “Five Mountains and Two Pools.” We are proud to offer this special green tea to our customers. Its small, uniform leaves are distinguished by silvery tips. Both its aroma and flavor are surprisingly rich for a green tea--almost closer in feel to a “blue-green” oolong. Its smooth, almost creamy texture, woven with its delicious vegetal taste, makes it a truly pleasant and beloved tea. A perfect companion for sitting and watching the leaves begin to change color in late summer.
This top-quality, natural Korean green tea, unparalleled in excellence for taste and growing practices, has been awarded Gold and Gold Grand Prize by Japan’s World Green Tea Contest many years in a row. Grown on the Jirisan mountain range on the southern Korean coast, this light infusion conceals a brilliant complexity of flavor on the boundary between Chinese and Japanese teas. The leaves are gently pan-roasted to seal in their freshness, hand-rolled, and then baked at low temperatures to complete the drying process. This process offers a rich flavor with a bready, nut-like complexity. It carries the beauty of walking along a beach on a cool, crisp sunny day, scouring the ground for sea glass and shells.
Due to the small size of this farm and its produce, Dobrá Tea is honored to be the sole retailer of this tea in the United States, and one of a very small number in the rest of the world.