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.
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 $10.00 / oz.
Dian Lu Wenshan
[dee-an loo when-shahn] Remembering the Tea King
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.
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 $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 $8.00 or 150g for $17.00.
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!