Tea Trio - China's Finest

This Tea Trio is a perfect gift idea for the tea connoisseur.  As the name "China's Finest" suggests, this pack consists of Three of China's most revered teas of the White, Green and Oolong varieties.

The Tea Trio consists of:

  • 75g TIE QUAN YIN (OOLONG)
  • 35g   LONG JING (GREEN)
  • 35g   SILVER NEEDLE (WHITE)

TIE QUAN YIN (IRON GODDESS OF MERCY)

This is possibly the most famous of all Chinese Oolong teas. The name Tie Quan Yin means "Iron Goddess of Mercy" and the tea is as magnificent as it’s name implies. There are many legends surrounding the origin of the name and one of them tells the story of a kind-hearted but poor farmer named Wei Yin. Despite working hard every day to make a living, Wei Yin would spend his free time tending an abandoned Quan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) temple he found near his house. One day, he fell asleep in the temple and dreamed about the Goddess telling him to look for a cave behind the temple. There, he found a single tea shoot, which he took home and planted in an iron pot. Slowly, it grew into a tea bush with exceptional quality tea leaves. Wei then gave cuttings to his neighbours and friends to grow. The County soon prospered due to the popularity of the tea. Tie Quan Yin can now be found in the menu of most Chinese restaurants throughout the world.  This tea has a very sweet, appetizing honey-life fragrance, taste and finishing. The sweet aftertaste will linger on in your mouth after a few sips. Good for multiple infusions.

 

DRAGON WELL  (LONG JING)

Leaving the ridiculous for the sublime, we soar to the pinnacle of quality with the name Dragon Well, best known of all China’s green teas. Known also as “Long Jing” the tea leaves are pan fried (unlike most other teas which are steamed) to stop the fermentation process.  According to local lore, this tea was grown near a legendary well inhibited by dragons.  The jade coloured leaves open releasing a mellow chestnutty flavour and slightly sweet aftertaste. Dragon Well fully lives up to it’s legends, and that in itself is high praise.  A tea Emperor’s favorite.

SILVER NEEDLE

Silver Needle is among the most revered of Chinese teas, in the districts of Fujian province. To produce the finest quality white teas, only the buds are picked in spring over a very short period of two weeks, when the weather is most favourable.  Once picked, the tea is spread out on large bamboo racks in the shade and left like this for two or three days. Silver Needle is therefore one of the least processed and most tricky teas to produce because of it’s vulnerability to weather conditions.  This dedication to perfection is evident in the cup, which is sweet and delicate with a clean, airy fragrance.




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