Wild Bitter Tea (Tianshan Lushui)

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165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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This is a rare and expensive tea grown in Zhejiang province. In Chinese medical journals the Tianshan Lushui is known to lower cholesterols and help with weight loss. This tea produces a green color liquid. The better its quality is, the greener the color. This tea has traditionally been used as a diet tea in palaces by the empress and princesses of ancient China. Because this tea is very concentrated, we suggest using one teaspoon of tealeaves for every 500ml of water.


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This is very interesting. I had put off trying it because I was scared it would be too bitter, but it is “bitter in a good way!” It is a savory kind of bitter, kind of like dandelion greens. It has a very pleasant – almost sweet! – taste to it. Crisp, herbal, and I’m really enjoying this so much more than I thought I would.

Definitely use a little less leaf than you normally would, a lighter infusion is better here. A short steep time is also recommended.

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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I’ve been holding off on this one purely because of the name! LOL

Today is the day I get daring!

I will say it doesn’t smell bitter…it smells like Dandelion stems! It short of tastes like Dandelion stems, too, now that I think of it…so I guess that is where the bitterness in the name comes from. I was assuming that it was be nasty bitter but it’s not that bad! It jumps back and forth and back and forth from a little bitter to a little sweet.

It’s a very unusual tea but I am glad I got to try it! I am also really excited because watching these leaves unfurl is awesome!

Not something I would by myself but worth a try anyways!


The Tea Farm sells this. Along w/ white tea it’s supposed to help lower body temp. I want to get some of this then blend it w/ white tea and pepperming and take it with me next time I go out for Mexican- I like to order things I need to sign a waiver for. :)

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Interesting how steeping times and water temps can vary the taste. A very short steep makes a delicate aromatic cup. Longer steeps get the “bitter” medicinal brew. I get e twofer out of it: one short for pleasure, then the long bitter for what it’s worth.

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