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This bundle includes six 25g bags of Wuyi tea for 150g total (30 sessions).

Six kinds of tea & six passionate growers – these are the iconic classics that represent what we and our partner growers stand for: true sustainability, transparency, and the taste and aroma that come from the impeccable terroir and craft of the best growers in China.

This tasting kit combines one tea each from six of our partners, spanning growing regions across China and representing six different styles of tea including one green tea, one black tea, one strip-style Wuyi oolong tea, one rolled Anxi oolong tea, one pressed sheng pu’er, and one white tea. Each tea is sourced directly from the people who grow and finish the teas themselves, for a representative and unblended taste of each family and craftperson’s terroir and unique point of view.

This kit comes with a postcard introducing each of the six featured farmers- all lifelong friends of ours that we hope inspire the passion for tea in you that they have for us.

Thank you for supporting Verdant Tea’s project to connect tea lovers with the real people behind the teas we all love!

 

Taste Six Teas from Six Partners: 

 

Laoshan Pine Needle Green Tea (25g)
sourced from the He Family in Laoshan

This innovative tea is first carefully curled before being pulled straight – all by hand. The result is a delicate, nuanced, and flavorful brew that lasts through multiple steepings. He Qingqing loves the way the leaves dance in a glass pitcher for brewing and the way that the hand finishing shows off Laoshan’s delicate deep-green buds and leaves at a glance.

This tea is fed by mountain spring water, picked by hand, and cultivated sustainably using traditional chemical-free farming techniques including growing rows of soybean between rows of tea to restore nitrates to the soil. The extreme northern climate means cold winters and short growing seasons, but the He Family perseveres, protecting their tea in greenhouses over the winter. The result is a deeply sweet and delicate green tea unlike any other in the world. This year’s harvest is particularly notable for the deep minerality that shows off Laoshan’s rocky soil.

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Mi Lan Xiang Black Tea (25g)
sourced from Huang Ruiguang in Wudongshan

Huang Ruiguang’s family Mi Lan Dancong is picked only once a year from single trees that are not pruned back to encourage deeper roots & more robust flavor, year after year. His mountain plot and decades of work in improving agriculture techniques for the region have earned Huang Ruiguang’s Mi Lan awards such as the recent 2015 Gold Medal at the Sixth Guangdong Tea Expo.

This Mi Lan is allowed to naturally oxidize for over 24 hours before being carefully spread, baked and tumbled. The oxidation creates a deep rich black tea flavor, but Mi Lan varietal’s natural juicy floral honey flavor still comes through strong.

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Sparrow’s Tongue Wuyi Oolong (25g)
sourced from the Li Family in Wuyishan

Sparrow’s Tongue, or Que She is named after the shorter, smaller leaves of this distinctive and uncommon Wuyi tea varietal. Sipping Que She is a strong example of “Yun”: each infusion brings out more and more of an almost electrical tingling sensation on the tongue and back of the throat. This sensation is inherent to the highest quality leaf from older established tea stock growing in the right rocky conditions in Wuyishan, but it is brought out by slow low-temperature firing in bamboo baskets for fifteen hours at a time, resting several weeks and repeating four to six times. This sensation is bolsters by a caramel base with sandalwood aromatics and notes of ripe plantain.

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Traditional Tieguanyin (25g)
sourced from Master Zhang in Daping

Master Zhang excels at finishing his traditional Tieguanyin. He works to bring out the florals and strengthen them, allowing the green quality of the tea to shine through while providing a sweet and nuanced counterbalance through delicate roasting. Master Zhang’s award-winning technique brings out the deep fruit and dark florals that don’t have a chance to shine in greener, more modern finishes.

This is the tea that Master Zhang grew up with and is his greatest passion. The mist shaded mountain air and sweet spring water make this true Tieguanyin varietal tea even more nuanced.

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2019 Zun Sheng Pu’er Pearls (25g)
sourced from the Zhenyuan Dongsa Cooperative in Qianjiazhai

Zun, which roughly translates to “respected or venerated” is Master Zhou’s designation for a careful blend of Maocha harvested from Qianjiazhai’s ancient trees, with a mix of smaller 300 year trees for rich flavor and aroma, five to eight hundred year trees for texture and body, and a handful of thousand year tree pickings for deep lingering aftertaste.

These wild trees are foraged by the Li Family of the cooperative on their high elevation plot in Qiajiazhai. Many of the trees actually need to be climbed for picking so the harvest is a labor-intensive process. Finishing is done entirely with sun-withering, slower than wok-firing but more true to the natural flavor of the region.

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2019 Wild Xiao Bai
sourced from the Wu Family in Wuyangcun

While classic white tea is picked from Da Bai (”big white”) varietal tea plants, this unique harvest is picked from Xiao Bai (”small white”). The early spring harvest is full of downy buds and delicate leaves for a thick rich intensity. Over several steepings, a lingering sparkling sensation builds up on the palate with notes of clover and marshmallow and a spice clove aftertaste. The wild terroir of these untended plants adds depth to the aftertaste and a thick mineral-driven texture.

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