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.
[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.
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.
[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.