2009 Mongshan Premium Zhu Ye Qing Tea
Premium Bamboo Leaf Green (Zhu Ye Qing) Tea
A 2009 first flush early Spring tea from Mongdingshan (蒙顶山) Sichuan, the place famous for its status as the oldest royal tribute tea producer since Tang dynasty. It is now often sold as “Mt. Emei Zhu Ye Qing” to fatch top dollars.
This beautifully made single tip variety brews a flavor that is full, rich, smooth and distinctively fruity. The tea leaf is beautiful. Almost looks like small pine needles and has a nice vibrant green to it. It may be prepared in a regular teapot, a traditional steeping cup (known as a gaiwan), or in individual teacups.
Do not use the boiling water to scald the tea leaves! Allow 1 to 2 tsp. of tea leaves per cup (8oz) of water. Cover with water no hotter than 80C, (158F) and allow to steep for 2 to 3 min.