A high-grade Zhu Ye Qing newly harvested in March 2022
Zhu Ye Qing Grüntee pre-Qingming 2022
Harvest: 03/20/2022 (before the Qingming Festival, early April)
Origin: 1200 meters above sea level at Emei Shan, Sichuan Province, China
Flavor: fresh, floral, subtly sweet like a candy corn, vegetal like an artichoke, smooth, elegant, no bitterness. The elegant spring in a cup.
Zhu Ye Qing is a green tea popular in western China.
Zhu Ye Qing's harvest consists of only buds or a bud with a leaf from Emei Shan (Mount Emei) in Sichuan.
The tea looks a little like Longjing due to its flat experience, but its taste is very different from Longjing. The taste of freshness is the hallmark of this green tea, it does not have the nuttiness that usually results from the roasting process. The taste is also softer and greener compared to Longjing.
If you are interested in this tea, then please have a look at our other green tea from Emei Shan: Bi Luo Chun (Jade Snail)
How to brew the tea
To brew the perfect cup of Zhu Ye Qing tea, the water should be around 80˚C. Boiling water would prevent all the flavors from dissolving. The taste wouldn't be nearly as intense.
- Then it depends on whether you have the tea traditionally or in a European way (Western style) prepare. Traditionally, about 5-6 g of tea is used for a small pot of tea (about 150 - 200 ml). About half is used for a gaiwan. According to the Western view of preparation, that seems far too much.
- Then pour the hot water over the tea. This first brew is just to warm up the cup and clean the tea a bit. Pour away the first infusion.
- Now you pour the water on again. For the second infusion, we recommend a brewing time of about 20-30 seconds.
- If you don't know the traditional preparation, this will seem very short. The taste is still intense due to the amount of tea that is used.
- When the time is up, drain the tea (water) completely into a cup. Now enjoy your 2nd infusion.
- For the 3rd infusion, fill your pot (or gaiwan) again with hot water. This time you increase the brewing time to about 1 minute
- You can repeat this process between 5 times. Each time you increase the brewing time a little.
I don't think I need to describe the western preparation in such detail. You pour hot water over a few grams of tea (about 4-5 g) in a medium-sized teapot and wait 2-3 minutes. You can also enjoy the Long Jing tea well in this way. In comparison, however, the aroma of the traditional preparation is much more intense and richer. However, it also requires significantly more time and attention.
If you have a little more time, you should really try the traditional tea preparation!
A suitable and traditional tea utensil for this tea is a porcelain gaiwan.