Emei Zhu Ye Qing Green Tea is obtained by selecting only the apical bud and first leaf during the early spring season. This earlier-than-average harvest, combined with the fact that it comes from high-altitude gardens on Mount Emei, gives the product a slightly curved, pointed shape very similar to that of young bamboo leaves. The Chinese name Zhu Ye Qing translates as green bamboo leaf and was given to the tea because of the similarity between the two natural elements. This product is also very close in appearance to Yunnan Que She green tea, but although both come from the Sichuan region, they have quite different characteristics, especially in terms of taste. Emei Zhu Ye Qing gives the palate a good feeling of freshness thanks to its vegetal flavour of fresh grass and some slightly citric notes. In addition to this initial slight appearance, the infusion has a fairly structured body giving a savoury aftertaste and a taste of green wood that is somewhat reminiscent of young bamboo.
Place of origin
Emei Mount – Sichuan, China
This green tea has a very classic manufacturing process which, after an initial withering in the open air, involves cooking the leaves in large woks heated to temperatures of around 180°C to block enzyme activity and prevent oxidation. After these stages, the leaves receive their final shape and are left to rest so that they lose some of the residual moisture inside.
How to prepare
We highly recommend infusing this tea in the traditional Chinese method (gong fu cha) to best enjoy these leaves. Following this preparation, 5 grams of leaves (about 3 teaspoons) can be used in a gaiwan of about 100 ml to obtain several infusions with different tastes. After a quick rinsing of the leaves in water at 80°C you can proceed with a first infusion of 10 seconds and, after that, keeping the water at the same temperature, proceed with multiple infusions increasing each time the time of 5 seconds (10 – 15 – 20…) This tea has a longevity of about 6 infusions. For a classic preparation according to the western style we recommend 3 grams of leaves (approx. 2 teaspoons) in a 150 ml cup with water at 80°C for an infusion time of one and a half minutes. The tea can be filtered for easier tasting and also the above brewing times are purely indicative so can be adjusted according to personal taste. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.