May Tea Box - Yu Qian Tea 雨前茶
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May Tea Box - Yu Qian Tea 雨前茶

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Pre-Qingming period lasts till 4th April after this period is referred to as Qing Ming  solar term. This period teas are referred to as Yu Qian Teas (teas before the rain or the Guyu period which signifies the end of Spring, 雨前). 

This is the time where many different good teas are harvested and processed including Oolong teas from Guangdong and Wuyi Mountains as well as Ujeon teas in Korea. While Oolong teas require a few months of processing before they get ready, many good green and red teas are made during this season as well.

This month's tea box we will some lovely handcrafted green teas that we can enjoy. 

1. Hang Zhou Jing Shan Tea | 杭州径山茶

Jing Shan Mountain has produced tribute teas for generations, an interesting impact Jing Shan Tea had on culture was when the monks from Wan Shou Temple created the Jing Shan tea ceremony where monks and guests can enjoy tea drinking together. This was ultimately adopted and brought back by Japanese Buddhist monks and Japanese Cha Dao 茶道 was created.

2. Lu An Gua Pian | 六安瓜片

This tea is one of China's top ten teas due to its freshness and floral aromas. Lu An Gua Pian is the only green tea is picked without tea buds and tea stems. Picking just leaves itself will reduce the vegetal greenness of the tea.

3. Taiping Houkui | 太平猴魁

This is a traditional handmade tea from Anhui province near Huang Shan. Tai Ping Hou Kui has one of the most painstaking process in making as the teas are individually sorted and pressed giving it a lovely flat shape. This is one tea that's difficult to create and with lovely orchid floral notes.

4. Gu Zhu Mountain, Mingyue Gorge Purple Bamboo Shoots Tea (Gyokuro Process)  | 顾渚山明月峡紫笋茶 (蒸青)

One of the oldest imperial tribute tea from Zhejiang province, this tea is famous for its tea buds shaped like bamboo shoots with purple tips. This tea is actually produced in two versions, the deep traditional steam method and the modern pan fry method.

The steam method which we are supplying has a vanilla note and is thick velvety.

Each tea comes in 16g.

Each purchase of this tea box entitles you to join our tea workshop online for free on 2nd May 2021.