Anhui Province, China
Jiu Hua Shan Fo Cha
Needle-leaf style Mao Feng
Before the Rains Harvesting Season
(April 5th - April 20th)
COMING IN 2 WEEKS
Use 1.5 Tablespoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz of water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each.
Water temperature should be 170°F-180° F
Fo Cha is not very well known in the West - nor in China, either, for that matter. Jiu Hua mountain - the birthplace of Fo Cha tea - holds special memories for us. On our first tea buying trip to China we visited the Zhan Tian Buddhist Temple (we had a vegetarian meal there and tea with the head monk). Later, we had a midnight tour of the bustling Jiuhua Mao Feng Factory (yes, they work "around the clock" during prime harvest season).
Fo Cha is the local name for this tea from the Jiu Hua Shan, a magical place of dense woods, waterfalls, bamboo forests, and green tea that is imbued with a refreshing sweetness from the special environment of this rarified place. Remote and natural, and filled with caves and and ancient temples, Juihua has always held an attraction for monks and other ascetics. The mountain has been named one of the four most important Buddhist mountains in China.
Tea has been made here for over 700 years. This needle-leaf variation of Fo Cha - or Buddha's tea - is a customer favorite for us year after year. The raw leaf material is comprised of two leaves and a bud - which makes it a perfect mao feng pluck. This is a beautiful tea- it is stylish in appearance, very well-made and distinctive. The leaves are very long and light, so be sure to use enough when steeping.
Fo Cha also has a high chlorophyll content that gives this tea a high degree of 'umami' ( the 5th element of taste). This means that the tea liquor has a buttery soft, mouth-filling, satisfying texture in the cup.
We love Fo Cha and drink it most mornings. The green teas from this part of Anhui Province are very special - they are delicious and lovely in appearance, clean and clear in flavor, and enticingly aromatic.
Fo Cha has all of the appealing, lush qualities of a fresh, delicate, sweet eastern China spring green tea. Which in the cup has that special delicious something year after year.
Fans of An Ji Bai Cha green tea, listen up!
Our Fo Cha is very similar in appearance and flavor to An Ji Bai Cha
AT SOMETIMES HALF THE PRICE!
Give it a try and see what we mean.
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