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; the deep flavor is most similar to other ancient tree teas such as Lao Shu Pu’er.
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. 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.
REMEMBERING THE TEA KING
In the faraway land of 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 a holy Mecca for "tea pilgrims." An expedition from Dobrá Tea, cutting its way through the jungle, found the site in 1997 to pay homage to the king. In addition to unforgettable memories, we brought back a unique and delectable green tea from that journey.
“Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness.” -Lu Yu
Moli Hua Cha
JASMINE[mohl-ee hwa cha] Little Bird Tongue
A superior jasmine tea from Fujian, 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.
Bi Luo Chun
[bee loh chun] Lake Taihu Blue-Green Spirals
Joy at Dobrá Tea! Bi Lou Chun is 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. As the wild spirals of these silvery and dark green leaves unfurl dynamically in the tea pot, a tender ecstasy of flavor arises. This tea is not to be missed!
Ché Xanh, 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. Good to awaken a drifting mind.