An extra-fine, high-quality green tea made from selected fresh tea tips. This tea exhibits a flowery taste, the feeling of ocean spray, and a unique appearance. A smooth sweetness washes over the palate and lifts one's mood. The tea is hand-processed in Zhejiang into little balls resembling pearls, which unfold charmingly in the cup after the first infusion. A truly refreshing and hydrating tea, perfect to drink on a summer day.
Taimu Long Zhu is sold for $8.00 / oz.
Magnolia Mao Jian
[mag-nowl-ee-ah mou jee-ahn]
A naturally scented green tea from Guangzhou. Whole magnolia flowers are used in the creation of this tea, which gives a full aromatic experience and a clean, sweet, satisfying tea taste. This tea imparts a soft glow that carries the sweet nectar of fresh flowers. It shines when served in a summer garden or during bleak winter months, when it can thaw even the deepest gloom.
Magnolia Mao Jian is sold for $7.50 / oz.
Putuo Fo Cha
[Pu-tw-oh foe cha] Buddha's Tea
One of the five most celebrated teas of China, Putuo Cha is a light, flowery green tea. A quiet strength arises out of these tiny, lustrous leaves, calling to mind the focused aromas of the meditation hall accompanied by scents of fresh spring vegetables and berries.
The 2500 year old tradition of cultivating gourmet tea on the Putuo Island guarantees that this particular tea, grown in the gardens of the Buddhist monastery and processed only by hand, will always be of superior quality. On the island’s shore, a magnificent statue of the Bodhisattva Guan Yin stares out to sea, while the foamy air and the colors of the sky swirl around her. This tea is perfect for observing the world with steady, loving compassion.
Putuo Fo Cha is sold in a 30-gram box for $14.00.
[loo-ahn gwa-peen] Watermelon Seeds
Liu’An Guapian has an unusually fresh, grassy taste and fragrance. Its leaf quality is equally unusual: dark green, very flat, long-leaf needles from the Dabie Mountains of western Anhui. This tea contains notes of the crispness of green beans and the sweetness of walnuts. It is mellow, making for a fantastic accompaniment tea to sip with a sandwich or a bowl of rice.
Liu’An Guapian appealed to us because of its truly refreshing quality and so earned its place on our menu as another ambassador from the Middle Kingdom. It is a truly satisfying thirst quencher!
Liu'An Guapian is sold for $6.00 / oz.
[long jing] Dragonwell (Tiger Spring)
The robust green tea leaves are flat and golden-green in color with a lovely shine that comes from the traditional method of pan-frying the freshly picked buds in large steel woks. Pan-frying stops the tea from oxidizing, and also contributes to it its nutty, nourishing taste--a taste as sweet and clean as the bright water of the spring. As the savory fragrance rises from the cup and the undulating pleasure spreads through the mouth, all wishes are granted.
Long Jing epitomizes the depth and body of Chinese green teas and feels like walking in a summer forest after the rain. It is a perfect tea for beginner drinkers.