The Taste of China is a revolving selection of our favorite Chinese teas of the season. We procure most of our Chinese teas once a year, and many of them are only available for a short time. At 29b Teahouse, we offer this set as a vertical discovery pairing to heighten the senses and guide you through the incredible world of Chinese teas. Whether you are an experienced tea drinker or looking for that special gift for someone with a discerning palette, the Taste of China set will surely be well received! Let us take you on a journey through the incredibly rich history and taste of Chinese teas.
1. Jun Shan Yin Zhen 君山银针
Handpicked tea from one bud about 3cm in length that contains a tiny leaf inside. The picking season only lasts ten days between the end of March and the beginning of April. Yellow tea is withered to the signature yellow/olive color and then pan-fried stop oxidation that imparts it with this beautiful, slightly smokey aroma and taste. The beautiful shiny buds are completely uniform in size and shape and speak highly of the quality of our selection.
Slight charcoal roast, honey, green bamboo
2. Huang Shan Mao Feng 黄山毛峰
Handpicked tea from one bud and one newly opened leaf on March 16 from fifteen-year-old native tea plants. Huang Shan or Yellow Mountain is arguably the most iconic mountain range in China and is famed for its peculiar shaped granite peaks, scenery, and sunsets. It is the birthplace of Mao Feng, one of China's legendary and classic green teas produced since 1860. This traditional green tea represents some of the most distinguishing characteristics of all Chinese tea: aroma, sweetness, grassiness, floral, and minerality from the terroir.
An Hui, China
Su Mao Feng
Honey, peony, green bamboo, marzipan
3. Jade King Heavenly Incense 2016
Processed on July 5, 2016, in Menghai from the Eight Pagoda Tea Factory. What young cakes lack in character and depth, they make up for in energy and freshness! Jade King was processed using only high-quality spring picked leaves from trees that are over a hundred years old. Without much aging puerh drinks almost like a green tea with its freshness, floral aroma, and a slight bite. The leaves open quickly and are suitable for short quick steeping styles in a gaiwan. Perfect for a short session since the leaves will not go beyond 6-8 steepings.
Da Ye Zhong
Green, astringency, fresh pineapple, floral