Notes of cucumber, nasturtium, and golden raisin.
Green tea from Sichuan, China・April 2018・川小葉・Organic
This year’s Fragrant Leaf is crafted from a cultivar indigenous to northwestern Sichuan province. Hand-picked from an organic tea garden early April 2018, this tea is lively and bright with notes of cucumber, nasturtium, and golden raisin.
The base cultivar for this tea is called chuan xiao ye, a small leaf variety indigenous to Sichuan. Where this cultivar is grown affects the character of the crafted tea: in southern Sichuan, it is more intense, with a distinct bitterness; in the north, where our Fragrant Leaf is grown, the cultivar expresses a bright sweetness and a remarkable floral finish.
This tea was grown in an organic garden located in the Daba Mountains, roughly a two hour drive from a small city called Wanyuan. The region is exceptionally pristine, and produces tea that brews with clarity of flavor and aroma.
To craft this tea, the hand-picked leaves were first shade-withered, then drum roasted at high fire to prevent oxidation before a final low fire roast. The resulting tea is unassumingly beautiful, with thin short strands of dark green leaves that brighten and unravel when steeped.
Brew: 5 grams・150 ml・185° F・1 min
This tea takes well to short infusions using slightly higher temperatures. The higher temperature highlights this teas aromatics, while the shorter steep keeps what little astringency this tea has in check.
More familiar with our old quantities? Here’s the conversion:
|Metric quantities||Ounce equivalent||Servings|
|30 grams (new size!)||1.05 oz.||5-8|
|60 grams||2.10 oz.||10-15|
|120 grams||4.20 oz.||20-30|
|240 grams||8.46 oz.||40-60|