Shi Hua First Harvest 2021 明前蒙顶石花



March 15, 2021

Ya'an, Sichuan

Mengding Mountain 蒙顶山 in Ya’an Sichuan Province is an ancient mountain where the history of tea cultivation dates back more than 2000 years. Teas from Mengding Mountain have served as tribute tea to the Emperors for over one thousand years, spanning five Dynasties: Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing. Mengding Mountain has five peaks, the highest standing in the cloud at 1460m above sea level. The peaks are covered in mist and fog all year round. Looking down from the peaks, the scenery is stunning - undulating mountains, wide plains as far as the eyes can see and crisscrossing streams, all covered in a layer of mist.

The tea garden of our three teas from Mengding Mountain is located at the peak of the mountain at 1400m altitude. The tea trees, an heirloom varietal called laochuancha 老川茶, are scattered between ancient temples, gigantic rocks and towering conifer trees. The trees are only harvested once a year in the spring, and left to grow on their own without human intervention for the rest of the year.

Shi Hua is an ancient and extremely rare green tea from Mengding Mountain. It is the only tea that served as the tribute tea to the emperor for over one thousand years.

This First Harvest tea was harvested on March 15, 2021. Extremely tender and newly sprouted single buds are picked by hand - over 10,000 buds are required to make 500 grams of finished tea. The processing is similar to that of Sweet Dew, except the leaves are not rolled during the pan-frying phase, and therefore retains their original shape.

An incredibly powerful tea to experience. It is soft and gentle, yet with richness and complexity. The mouthfeel is exceptionally clean, smooth and rounded. The body and mind feels supported by this tea, and all your senses are ready to open up for the spring and summer after each sip. For a green tea, it is extremely long lasting - yielding 8-10 infusions, with an exceptionally long lingering sweet finish.

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Brewing guide

Tea 3g
70 °C
Water  120ml
Steep time 10 - 60 sec
No. of infusions 8


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