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Organic Ming Qian Long Ya Green Tea
Chestnut, refreshing and sweet
Chestnut, refreshing and sweet
Mt. Tiangong (天宫山), Juexi Town, Yibin City, Sichuan Province, China
March 15, 2018
Single bud or one bud with one unopened leaf
Evenly flattened shaped buds, needle-like with elegant green color, covered with white fuzzy hairs
Fresh and chestnut aroma
Bright and clear, light green in color
Refreshing and mellow, taste smooth, brisk with chestnut aroma and lingering sweet aftertaste.
Fu Xuan No. 9
Mt. Tiangong Organic Tea Garden (about 900m to 1350m above sea level)
Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated
Tea leaves can stand upright in the cup, and this visual experience is sustainable for an afternoon tea time.
Ming Qian Tea refers to the tea leaves picked before Qing Ming Day (April 4). The Ming Qian Tea has rich texture and better freshness with a chill from the early spring, slight cold and elegant, but it absolutely has amazing ability, surging aroma, sweeter, mellower and smoother taste.
This organic tea has flattened leaves and needle-like shape with fresh aroma. As the high mountain tea leaves are very tender, after been through a whole cold winter, they are rich in endoplasmic substances and nutrients. The fresh leaves of Long Ya Green tea need to go through various complicated processes such as Sha Qing, ordering, shaping, and drying, so that to become the high quality drinkable tea. Besides, in order to preserve the shape of the tea, the process of Sha Qing must not be excessively kneaded, and also requires professional skills of tea makers.
TeaVivre’s Organic Ming Qian Long Ya Green Tea is manually picked, made by the single tea buds and one bud with one unopened leaf. After finished the making process, tea makers will select the leaves again to make sure the tea leaves is beautiful and neatly arranged. The tea liquid is bright and clear; tastes sweet, mellow with a fresh chestnut aroma, which will make us feel very comfortable after drinking. In addition, this tea is so ornamental that we can also brew it in a glass tea cup. Seeing tea leaves dance in the hot water, like the spring bamboo shoots after the rain, pleasing and delightful.
Chinese Gongfu Method
|Teacup: 8.8oz / 250ml||Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml|
|176℉ / 80℃||176℉ / 80℃|
|2g Tea||4g Tea|
|Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins||5 steeps: 20s, 25s, 35s, 50s, 80s|
Mt. Tiangong Organic Tea Garden is located in the town of Juexi, Yibin City. The average height of this tea garden is about 900-1350 meters, which is nearly 100 kilometers from the city. Its forest cover area is over 80%, and its soil has abundant organic matters. The clouds and mist drift through the mountains all the year round; temperature and humidity are suitable, which also provide natural conditions for the growth of tea plants and the formation of inclusions. In addition, the Tiangong Mountain Organic Tea Garden has been awarded the international and domestic organic certificates for 11 consecutive years and is also the largest mountain tea base in Sichuan.
Busy picking season of Mt. Tiangong Organic Tea Garden
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris
Yibin City is located at the intersection of Jinsha River, Minjiang River and Yangtse River. Since ancient times, it is the transportation hub between the southwest and the mainland, and is also an important port for Sichuan tea to Jiangnan region. Yibin has humid climate, abundant rainfall and fertile soil, which are very suitable for the growth of tea trees. In 1950s, thousands of wild tea plants were discovered in Tiangong Mountain Organic Tea Garden and other areas. Identified by Sichuan Tea Institute, those wild tea trees are as old as Yunnan wild tea trees. Therefore, it is also confirmed that Yibin is one of the hometown of tea.
Fu Xuan No. 9 belongs to small tree type, middle leaf type and special early type, and is named because it is bred from Fuding Dabai tea tree species. Its growth is good; the tea buds are strong and tender with many hairy hairs. Teas made by this species have good appearance, aroma and taste. Research has showed that Fu Xuan No. 9 contained 2.53% caffeine, 3% amino acids, 25.2% tea polyphenols, and 157.50mg/g catechins.
Yibin City, located in the mid-south part of Sichuan Province, has the title of "the First City on the Great Yangtze River ". The history of tea production in Yibin can be traced back to more than 3000 years ago. It is not only one of the main tea production areas in Sichuan, but also the hometown of early tea in China.
According to historical records, during prosperous Tang and Song dynasties, for its special geographical location, the "Tea-Horse Trade" was particularly prosperous. The tea industries in Yibin were developed and the tea could be used to exchange for horse, salt and other daily necessities, which formed a special “Horse Trade Market” or “Tea-Horse Trade Market”. The varieties of tea were gradually increased, such as Junlian's yellow buds tea and other Yibin teas enjoyed a high reputation in the market. Among those teas, the Long Ya from Tiangong Mountain became the tribute tea for its high-quality. As an important post station in “Tea-Horse Road”, Yibin tea also conquered many tea friends with its unique charm.