Mo Gan Mountain, De Qing County, Zhejiang Province, China
Camellia Sinensis Sinenesis, Heng Ling NO. 1 cultivar
HARVEST TIME AND PROCESSING
10thApril. 1 young shoot with 2 slight opened leaves were hand-picked, fully hand rolled and processed.
Infusion is slightly sweet and deep green flavour but not too much grassy with complex, rich and broth mouth feel.The taste is mellow and velvety thick quality with vibrant spring-flower freshness, characteristic of the freshest, early spring greens.
This special tea is produced by Mr. Zhao and his mother who inherited the skill from her mother. Since their green tea is so popular in the local market it tasks up the majority of his annual production.
The tea plantation sits on the top of the mountain surround by peaks of Mo Gan Mountain and bushes are spread between 550 – 680 meters above sea level and surrounded by bamboo, mist and spring water. The clouds are covered with perennial clouds, the air is humid; the soil is more acidic, yellow, and soil. The layer is deep, the humus is rich, soft and fertile. The old tea bushes growing here have very strong, deep root systems. The top of the bushes is only cut every two years so they have plenty of time and space to grow normally. Mr. Zhao has been adhering to bio-dynamic principles; meaning from start to finish the tea is free from pesticides and chemicals, the bushes are irrigated with spring water and fertilized with grass and chicken manure.
Since the Tang Dynasty, the lush and green rolling hills of Mo Gan Shan have been famed for its high-grade tea harvesting. The famous writer Luyu, of the Tang Dynasty praised the Mo Gan Shan 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. The Mo Gan Shan is covered with foggy clouds, green bamboo forest, clear springs and waterfalls, the super micro condition gives nutrition to the tea plants around. The weather there is especially good for tea; the average temperature is 15 degrees Celsius with humidity around 80%.
Mr. Zhao also produces Yellow Tea and Red Tea (or black tea).
Water temperate: 90°C (boiling the water to 100°C, then wait about 5 mins to cool down)
Leaf to water ratio: 1g per 100ml
Recommended Water: please use natural mineral water with PH 7 and the dry residue under 200°C
Brewing time: about 3 minutes
Tips: adjust the leaf to water ratio if you prefer to shorten the infusion time or for lighter and stronger taste.
Alternatively, you can pour the boiling water into a cup first, then drop the tea leaves into the hot water, then wait for few minutes.