2011 Taimu Shan Snow Sprout Xue Ya
Taimu Shan Snow Sprout is a beautiful sword-shaped spring bud tea, unusual in that it is a whole-bud green tea made from the buds of tea bushes that were historically reserved for white tea production. A proprietary varietal tea bush that was hybridized in the 1950’s for white tea production, the mother bushes for those plantings have been since been transplanted to gardens that specialize in green tea manufacture. The leaf for this tea descends directly from those mother bushes.
Taimu Shan is a world-famous mountain range for tea production. Near Fuding City in Fujian Province in eastern China ( the heart of Yin Zhen white tea production ) the tea bush cultivars planted here are lush and produce an generous quantity of large, long buds.
Taimu Shan Snow Sprout is made only in the early spring ( pre-Qing Ming ) in extremely small quantities. We are very fortunate to have this tea this season.