This week’s tea, Zhu Ye Qing, is one of the teas that comes with Cha-Shifu 2016 green tea box. Cha-Shifu, located in Hangzhou, was founded by Michael Ellenrieder and Tara Xu. Michael has been in China since 2008 and providing large selection of all six type of teas on their website.
This week’s tea is Pre-Qing Ming green tea. For those of you who are not familiar with the terminology, Pre-Qing Ming refers the time of the pluck which is before 5 of April each year. It’s generally the first pick of the year and attracts high demand among tea lovers.
Zhu Ye Qing literally means “Green Bamboo Leaf”. It’s originated from Emei Shan, one of the sacred Buddhist mountains of China, in Sichuan province. The elevaton of tea gardens in Emei Shan ranges from 800 to 1200 meters. It’s not one of the teas you come across very often, very unique tea.
Dry tea leaves are flat and straight. They’ve got bright and shiny appearance. They are mostly composed of tea buds with tiny side leaves. They are so carefully picked it’s hard not to admire fingers that plucked them.
I made two different infusions, one with gaiwan and the other one with a glass. The advantage of glass infusion is to watch tea leaves as they unfurl. As they unfurl they line up vertically which is a sight fore sore eyes. I suggest you do the same.
It cupped out bright light green liquor with great clarity. It’s sweet with somewhat astringency in the background. It’s got strong vegetal taste which is quite well balanced alongside with fresh green aroma. It’s got short but very sweet and refreshing aftertaste.
Overall I’m quite satisfied with this tea and all the other teas that come with Cha-Shifu 2016 green tea box. Recommended particularly for those who are looking for this year’s fresh green teas.