This tea is from the same farmer as our Mo Gan Mountain Green Tea, Mr. Zhao's organic tea garden in Mo Gan Mountain. I have named this grade of tea as 'Snow Bud" because it was plucked in the early spring when the young shoots are just start growing out. But because of the cold weather it made the young leaves grow very slow and develop sweeter taste.
Tea Origin: Mo Gan Shan, De Qing County, Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
Tea Marster: Mr. Zhao Xue Feng and his mother Mrs. Wang Xiang Zhen
Mr. Zhao family has been running their tea plantation since 1980s and his mother who inherited the skill from her mother. Since their green tea is so popular in the local market it makes up the majority of their annual tea production and not much, if any, of this tea is exported - but we have exclusive access so we can provide to our customers outside of China.
Mr. Zhao's tea plantation sits amongst the peaks of Mogan Mountain. His tea bushes are spread between 550 to 680 meters above sea level and are surrounded by water falls and bamboo forests that are shrouded in mist. The air up here is quite humid. The soil is rich, soft, fertile and a little acidic. The weather there is especially good for tea; the average temperature is 15 degrees Celsius with humidity around 80%.These super micro condition gives nutrition and excellent quality to the surrounding tea plants.
The old tea bushes growing here have very strong and deep root systems that are fed by natural spring water. The tops of the tea bushes are only cut once every two years so they have plenty of time and space to grow. Mr. Zhao has been adhering to bio-dynamic principles; meaning that, from start to finish, the tea is free from pesticides and chemicals and the bushes are irrigated with spring water and fertilised with grass and chicken manure.
Since the Tang Dynasty, the lush and green rolling hills of Mo Gan Mountain have been famed for its high-grade tea harvesting. The famous writer Luyu, of the Tang Dynasty, praised the Mo Gan Mountain tea in his famous book, The Classic of Tea, regular production of green tea in the Valley of Fairies, where Mr. Zhao’s tea plantation is located.