2011 Xi Hu Long Jing Wang Grade
Exceptional and out of this world, the King grade is picked on the first day of the season by the bosses, then pan-roasted tiniest amount at a time.
Chinese green tea, being non-steamed, usually yields a yellowish liquor. But this King grade has a delightful emerald. Mouth flavors are less rich than Jipin grade. What’s fascinating is the nose flavors – a penetrating orchid almost like an oolong in disguise.
The tea garden harvests only 2 kilograms each year.