Zhu Ye Qing
Sichuan Province, China
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- Green tea
- Emei Shan, Sichuan Province, China
- Grown on one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China, hallowed ground for a tea garden
- A bud-plucked tea, with a smooth 'sparrow tongue' shape
- Sweet, tender flavor reminiscent of delicate spring bamboo shoots and asparagus
- Vegetal, fresh-green aroma
- Clear golden liquor, tinged with a slight green hue
Use 2 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz of water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each.
Water temperature should be 160˚ - 170˚ F
Zhu Ye Qing is a very special tea and we are thrilled to have it back in 2014. We are very fond of tea from Sichuan Province, and this is one of our favorite Pre Qing Ming green teas. It is also one of the earlierst teas plucked in China at the beginning of each new tea year.
Zhu Ye Qing is a gorgeous tea. Look carefully at this smooth, slim, tiny, slightly curved bud – it is a marvel of tea plucking expertise and careful manufacture. This type of carefuly-rendered hand-crafted tea is becoming rare even in China today.
In the cup, the liquor has a mildly astringent, stone-mineral quality. This, coupled with the vibrant freshness of its early plucking time, gives the tea backbone and structure, like a fine Riesling wine. The taste of the tea flirts with the palate and is a sheer delight.
Zhu Ye Qing is a modern-era tea but already a classic. It is the most famous tea made on Emei Shan, which is one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains. Here, tea grows in the cool, thin air of high elevation and is surrounded by vast expanses of bamboo forest. In these forests, nourishing moisture ( known as clouds & mist ) develops and rises up from the valley in the early morning and evening hours.
When we visited this remote tea growing area on one of our tea buying trips we rode a cable car from atop the mountain down through the pristine bamboo forest. The silence of the forest was serene and punctuated only by bird songs and calls. The scenery here is stunning and the forest is a study in the graceful movement of a specie of giant bamboo growing in the wild.