A remarkable, fresh green tea produced in the famous tea province of Yunnan. No other tea is comparable to this sparkling, pale green infusion, which offers unique and inimitable delights of taste and aroma. Breathing in Dian Lu Wenshan feels like a trip to an old growth forest, and each sip carries the sharpness of the sun's rays piercing through the leafy foliage as you walk along the path.
It is cultivated at high altitude, with long, silver, downy-tipped leaves (mao feng) firmly rolled lengthwise. This tea promotes health and has a mild euphoric effect.
Dian Lu Wenshan is sold for $9.00 / oz.
Remembering the Tea King In China, the cradle of tea culture, there is a part of Yunnan known as Xishuangbanna [see-shuang-ban-nah] that lies practically on the border with Burma. It is here that the king of tea trees, Cha-Shu Wang, stands at a proud 100 feet in the heart of the jungle. Cha-Shu Wang is an honorable 1,700 years old and is a site treasured by all tea enthusiasts.
This tea gets its name from a trip that Dobrá founders took in 1997 to visit the ancient tree. All agree, Dian Lu Wenshan calls back memories of this landmark and its importance in Dobrá history.
When you open this green, pearled tea, the warmth of jasmine will wash over your face and wrap you in the hug of an old friend. The flavor and aroma are classic yet pronounced, producing a heady bouquet that keeps its liveliness infusion after infusion. Hand rolled pearls of select green tea tips and jasmine flowers yield a bright cup of pleasure for any jasmine lover. As you watch them dance in the water, you'll be excited about these leaves from your first steep to your fifth.
Jasmine Pearls are sold for $8.00 / oz.
Moli Hua Cha
[mohl-ee hwa cha] Little Bird Tongue
A superior jasmine tea from Fujian, Moli Hua Cha is produced through seven successive cycles of blending in and removing jasmine flowers. It is especially suitable for drinking with close companions. The small, mossy-green leaves, flecked with white petals, hold a pervasive jasmine aroma, a distinctive lingering taste, and a mildly euphoric effect.
This jasmine tea is particularly forgiving in its steeping, making it a perfect choice for beginner tea drinkers.
Moli Hua Cha is sold in quantities of 50g for $7.00 or 150g for $15.00.
[ka-boo-say-cha] Shaded Sencha
This organic, Sencha-style green tea is shade-grown for fewer than 20 days. Shade growing increases the amount of protein and chlorophyll in the leaf. Kabusecha combines green freshness of Sencha with the creamy, brothy, and pungent richness of Gyokuro. The balance of flavors and pleasant umami is sure to please both Sencha and Gyokuro enthusiasts. A perfect pairing for laughter with good friends.
Kabusecha is sold in a 70g packet for $28.00.
[shin-cha] First Flush Sencha
The first harvest (spring harvest) of organic Sencha each year is a special time in Uji, Japan. It marks the start of the busy tea harvesting season. In each cup you will taste youthful excitement and early brightness. The Shincha or “First Tea” is reserved each year as a limited selection of tea in celebration of Spring. We are proud to offer organic Shincha to you only while fresh stocks last!
This tea is sold in a 50g packet for $20.00.
Bi Luo Chun
[bee loh chun] Lake Taihu Blue-Green Spirals
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!
Bi Luo Chun is sold for $9.00 / oz.
Taimu Long Zhu
[tee-in moo long djoo] Dragon Eyes
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.
Ha Giang Ché Xanh
[ha jung chay zahn] Ancient Arbor
A traditionally processed green tea produced from 100-year-old tea trees by Dao tea farmers in the Vietnamese mountains of Hà Giang, more than 1000m above sea level. The age of the trees give a flavor unlike other green teas and radiates strength and ancient euphoria. The deep taste is most similar to other ancient tree teas such as Lao Shu Pu’er.
Ancient Arbor is sold in 100g packets for $21.00.
[djoo cha] Gunpowder Tea
Known as “pearl” or “bead” tea in China, this classic variety is widely known as “gunpowder” tea in the West because its appearance is similar to cannon gunpowder. The tea is distinctively shaped into small, tightly rolled balls with a dark sheen that hints at its volatile quality. Tea-crafters in the Zhejiang province carefully dry the leaves in metal pans that are shaken in circular motions over a fire. The finished product yields the famous smoky flavor and aroma that makes this variety so dangerously delicious. This hearty green is the perfect accompaniment to a meal, as the vigor of its taste is not likely to be defeated.
Zhu Cha is sold for $5.00 / oz or in a 125g box for $12.00.
[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 early fall.
Mao Jian is sold for $7.50 / oz.
A remarkable Vietnamese green tea whose leaves are picked with extraordinary care, has reserved a special place on our menu. It has a strong, vegetal and astringent infusion not unlike grilled asparagus. This tea is warm and comforting, and leaves the taste buds with hints of lightly roasted coffee bean and flower pollen. Sip it slowly to awaken a drifting mind.
This tea is excellent served hot or cold.
Ché Xanh is sold in a 100g packet for $21.00.
[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.
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.
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.
Nok Cha is sold in a 50g packet for $20.00.
[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.