Rich in tradition and taste, our organically grown Enshi Yu Lu is truly unique in the realm of Chinese teas. Its name roughly translates to mean Dewdrops of Enshi. It is often referred to as Jade Dew given the delicate jade appearance of the finished liquor. This delightful green tea is grown in the mountainous tropical climate of the Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture located in Southwest Hubei Province. The area is humid and foggy and enjoys moderate temperatures throughout the year. The soil is particularly rich with the essential mineral Selenium - a powerful antioxidant.
Enshi Yu Lu tea dates back hundreds of years and is commonly viewed as the only Chinese tea still made using steam heat to de-enzyme the freshly harvested leaf. Using steam was common practice in the tea-making process up through the Tang Dynasty (618-907). In fact, it was during this period that the steaming technique was introduced to tea makers in Japan where it remains the most common technique used in Japan today. However, in China, steaming was nearly fully replaced with pan-firing or baking techniques making this particular steamed tea truly unique amongst Chinese teas made today.
The dried leaf shape is somewhat akin to a pine needle. Once immersed in a hot water bath, the leaves gracefully unfurl to reveal the visual characteristic of freshly harvested young tea leaves.
The taste is complex with vegetal notes, light umami and a noticeable sweetness. It is slightly less "grassy" than perhaps many Japanese steamed green teas, though the Yu Lu does reveal subtle similarities. The mouthfeel or body of the brewed tea is silky yet fairly thick. The aftertaste is simply delightful with a lingering sweetness.
- Steeping Instructions:
- Steep with 175F degree filtered water for 1-2 minutes. Enjoy 3-4 re-steeps