sampler set contains
- Steamed green tea from Japan, Gyokuro is among the finest of Japanese teas. While the young leaves of the spring season develop, the tea bushes are shaded from sun for several weeks. This makes the tea grow more slowly, taking time to develop depth and flavor. The sun-deprived leaves are higher in chlorophyll, which creates the vivid green color in the leaves. They're also higher in amino acids, most notably L-theanine, which account for the perfectly smooth, rich and soft flavor of Gyokuro. Deeply sweet, aroma of freshly buttered greens - no grassiness or harshness. Think of tender new grass just sprouting in the spring. Soft on the palate with a balanced, delicate finish. Soothing and centering cup of tea.
jasmine chun hao
- A perfumy tea from the Fujian province of China, infused with the delicate scent of jasmine flowers. Sweet cup, notes of warmed sugar and jasmine in bloom on a summer evening. Slightly toasty like a fresh biscuit. Light, refreshing cup and not overwhelmingly floral. A perfect introduction to our selection of excellent jasmine teas.
- The tightly rolled fuzzy buds of this China green tea resemble spiral shells or the scroll of a violin. While steeping, they unfurl to deliver intricate notes of roasted nuts, soft smokiness and a hop-like crispness. As it fades, a dry white grape character lingers. Our Jade Snail is intriguingly delicate and bold.
- One of China's most famous green teas, Dragonwell (Lung Ching or Longjing in local parlance) comes from Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. This tea has a very distinctive shape: smooth and perfectly flattened along the inside vein of the leaf, the result of highly skilled shaping in a hot wok. This process, known as pan-firing or pan-frying, was perfected in China by tea masters over many centuries. It gives the tea an inviting, toasty aroma. Our Dragonwell also has a sweet, rounded flavor, perhaps reminiscent of freshly roasted white corn. Full, nutty and buttery texture and pleasantly dry finish. A truly satisfying cup of tea.