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DONGZHAI TEA GARDEN

China Golden Tips Black Tea

- black tea
Dongzhai

For this black tea, the best fresh leaves with many white buds are picked. The white buds are discolored by the strong fermentation and the hot air when heated in the dryer and take on a slight golden brown color.

Evenly rolled, grey-black leaves. The high number of golden tips makes the tea pretty and valuable.

The cup color is bright, reddish brown.

It tastes rich aromatic, sweet dry, a bit earthy and slightly smoky, just like good black teas from Yunnan.

Hand-picked and machine processed · High quality = Grade 2 (good).

China Jasmine Silver Needle

- Jasmine tea
Dongzhai

As with Yin Zhen, only the youngest shoots of the white-haired, unopened leaf buds are harvested in spring for this tea. This picking material corresponds to the most original process of producing white tea. In the further processing, however, there are deviations from the original way.

The tea is processed like green tea, in that it is thoroughly heated to deactivate the enzymes responsible for the fermentation of the tea.

This excellent tea, flavored with fresh jasmine flowers three times, harmonizes perfectly with the natural, essential oils of the jasmine flowers.

The small, slightly rolled pure leaf buds show a silver-grey to white hair coat.

The cup color is light cream and transparent clear. 

It tastes mild, pleasantly dry, with the taste of green tea. 

Hand-picked and handcrafted · Rarity = Grade 1+ (something very special)

China White Silver Needle

- green tea
Dongzhai

As with Yin Zhen, only the youngest shoots of the white-haired, unopened leaf buds are harvested in spring for this tea. This picking material corresponds to the most original process of producing white tea. In the further processing, however, there are deviations from the original way.

The tea is processed like green tea, in that it is thoroughly heated to deactivate the enzymes responsible for the fermentation of the tea.

The small, slightly rolled, pure leaf buds show a silver-grey to white hair coat.

The cup color is light cream and transparent clear.

The taste is mild, pleasantly dry, with the taste of green tea.

Hand-picked and handcrafted · Rarity = Grade 1+ (very special)

China Yunnan Golden Snail

- black tea
Dongzhai

The very young and fresh buds with one or two of the youngest leaves are accurately picked by hand. Harvest time is both spring and summer. This superb green tea is made by hand into needle-thin leaves.

The fine, slender tea leaves are uniform, strongly rolled and interspersed with white buds. 

The cup color is light, greenish-white and transparent clear.

It tastes superbly fruity, sweet with a light astringency and fragrant.

Hand-picked and handcrafted · Top quality = Grade 1 (very good).

China Yunnan Green Jade Snail

- green tea
Dongzhai

The fresh hand-picked leaves for this tea contains both the best white-haired tea buds and excellent young leaf shoots from the best harvest season in March and late summer. The mix of manual processing and machine processing gives this tea a special touch. 

The large tea leaves are very uniform and heavily rolled and strongly interspersed with the valuable white-haired buds.

The cup color is light, greenish-white and transparent clear. 

It tastes superbly fruity, sweet with a light astringency and fragrant.

Hand-picked and predominantly handcrafted.

Top quality = Grade 1 (very good).

China Yunnan Green Mao Feng

- green tea
Dongzhai

The fresh, hand-picked leaves for this tea contain the best white-haired tea buds, as well as excellent young leaf shoots from the best harvest season in March and summer. This blend of leaves gives the tea a special soft touch.

The large tea leaves are evenly rolled and strongly interspersed with white-haired buds.

The cup color is light, greenish-white and transparent clear.

It tastes superbly fruity, sweet with a light astringency and fragrant.

Hand-picked and handcrafted · Top quality = Grade 1 (very good).

China Yunnan Snow Dragon

- green tea
Dongzhai

This tea, harvested in spring or summer, is made exclusively from the young leaf buds of the tea bush. Due to very careful withering, drying and gently rolling by hand in a heated wok-like pan, this tea gets its shape. The excellent picking material, which also can be used to produce white tea, is for this type processed like green tea, by withering, steaming, rolling, heating and cooling until the tea finally reaches the desired moisture content. 

Large, silver-white haired leaf buds. 

The cup color is transparent, clear and white. 

A soft, very light and pleasantly dry fresh cup with a slight taste of green tea. 

Hand-picked and handcrafted · Rarity = Grade 1+ (something very special).

China Yunnan Wuliang Pu Erh Black Tea

- Pu Erh tea
Dongzhai

For this dark Pu Erh tea the best fresh leaves and white buds are picked. Due to fermentation and hot air when heated in the dryer, the white buds turn golden brown. Through steaming, the golden-brown buds turn into a lighter golden brown and the tea receives a kind of mold. This tea is typical of the region around the city of Pu’er.

Evenly rolled tea leaves with golden leaf tips make the tea valuable.

The taste is highly aromatic, slightly musty earthy without being obtrusive, as is common in poor Pu Erh teas.

The cup color is bright, reddish brown.

It tastes mild, sweet-dry and aromatic.

Hand-picked and partly handcrafted · Top quality = Grade 1 (very good).

China Yunnan Yellow Golden Dragon

- yellow tea
Dongzhai

The harvest season of this exceptionally good tea is both spring and summer. Precious white-haired buds with one or two young leaves are picked and processed in several steps as green tea. Before the tea is completely dried, the drying process is interrupted and the tea oxidizes slightly with the oxygen in the air. When the desired level of oxidation is reached, the tea is then dried under high heat. In this drying process, the color of the white buds changes into a gold yellow color.

Long golden yellow buds and young leaves.

The cup color is dark yellow.

It tastes soft, dry, fragrant aromatic and is reminiscent of green tea, oolong and black tea.

An absolute top quality = Grade 1 (very good).

China Yunnan White Moonlight

- white tea
Dongzhai

The harvest time of this specialty tea is both spring and summer. The valuable white-haired buds with one or two young leaves are picked. As in the production of white tea, the picking material is only air dried.

The buds retain their white color after drying while the young leaves ferment slightly and turn brown. 

Long white buds with attached young brown leaves.

The cup color is light yellow to white.

The taste is soft, fragrant sweet and slightly aromatic.

Hand-picked and handcrafted. · Rarity = Grade 1+ (very special).

China Yunnan Green Jade Silk

- green tea
Dongzhai

The very young and fresh buds with one or two of the youngest leaves are accurately picked by hand. Harvest time is both spring and summer. This superb green tea is made by hand into needle-thin leaves.

The fine, slender tea leaves are uniform, strongly rolled and interspersed with white buds. 

The cup color is light, greenish-white and transparent clear.

It tastes superbly fruity, sweet with a light astringency and fragrant.

Hand-picked and handcrafted · Top quality = Grade 1 (very good).


QINGSHAN TEA GARDEN

Black Tea

- black tea
Qingshan

For this black tea, the leaves are harvested in summer by machine. Going through withering, rolling, fermenting, drying and sifting, the tea is processed by machine. A simple black tea reminiscent of the traditional Chinese black teas from the district of Keemun (modern transcription: Qimen).

Black-grey small, rolled tea leaves.

The cup color is reddish brown.

The taste is mild, sweetish with a hint of a smoky note.

Simple quality, mechanically picked and processed · Simple quality = Grade 4 (sufficient).

China Bai Mu Dan (Summer)

- white tea
Qingshan

An even cheaper version of white tea. Here, in summer the bud with the 4 to 5 youngest leaves is harvested by machine. Both, the time of picking and the leaf material don’t allow really good quality. However, like this the costs of production can be reduced and at the same time the income of the tea farm increases, because they sell material which would otherwise not have been picked.

Large green to brown tea leaves with only a few white buds.

The cup color is dark yellowish, brownish and is slightly opaque.

The taste is dry to bitter and reminds a bit of Chinese black tea.

Machine picked and air dried · Simple quality = Grade 4 (sufficient).

China Bai Mu Dan White Peony (Spring)

- white tea
Qingshan

The modern and inexpensive version of white tea. Here, the white-haired bud with the two youngest leaves (instead of only the white bud) is usually picked in spring. Because much more tea material can be picked this way in less time it becomes cheaper. However, this has virtually nothing to do with the original quality of the picking material.

Large green to brown tea leaves, interspersed with a high proportion of white buds.

The cup color is light yellow and transparent.

The taste is soft, fragrant and aromatic.

Medium quality, hand-picked and air dried · medium quality = Grade 3 (satisfactory).

China Green Chun Mee (Spring)

- green tea
Qingshan

The classic, inexpensive and most produced green tea in China is also the most popular green tea in Europe, at least in terms of the amount of consumption. Until a few years ago, hardly any other teas were known in Europe. It was only with the increasing interest of European consumers in green tea that consumption and variety of types increased, and higher-quality green and white teas came to Europe.

Grey-green, wiry and evenly rolled tea leaves.

The cup color is green to light yellow, transparent.

It tastes fine dry and fruity.

Machine picked and processed · Medium quality = Grade 3 (satisfying).

China Green Chun Mee (Summer)

- green tea
Qingshan

The summer picking material is less suitable for producing high-quality teas. However, much more tea can be harvested in summer because the leaves grow faster. During this time, in China predominantly Chun Mee is produced in different qualities. These teas are harvested in very large quantities by machine and are mainly exported. For green tea consumers in Europe, these are simple, inexpensive, tasty teas.

Grey-green short, wiry, unevenly rolled tea leaves. 

The cup color is green, light yellow to yellow. 

It tastes fine dry, fruity with a very light smoky note. 

Machine picked and processed · Simple quality = Grade 4 (sufficient).

China Green Fannings

- green tea
Qingshan

This green fannings tea is produced during the processing of green Chun Mee. Looking like finely chopped, this green tea is created by abrasion while rolling the Chun Mee tea leaves. Generally, during the production of green leaf tea about 15 to 20 percent fannings arise.

Because of its small leaf size this tea is suitable for filling teabags. The quality is different depending on the season of picking, just as with Chun Mee. 

Very fine, very small tea leaves.

The cup color is light green to light yellow and transparent clear.

The taste is pleasant, dry and fruity.

Predominantly machine-picked and machine-processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).

China Green Yun Wu Mao Feng (Summer)

- green tea
Qingshan

For this simpler version of Mao Feng fresh leaf material of lower quality is used, which is picked in summer when it is hot, and the tea leaves are less rich. The processing method is the same for both Mao Feng teas. An inexpensive tea for moderate standards.

The tea leaves are dark green, somewhat uneven, with fibre.

The cup color is light yellow and transparent.

The taste is unspectacular, dry, fruity with grassy parts.

Machine picked and handcrafted · Medium quality = Grade 3 (satisfactory).

China Jasmine Chun Hao

- Jasmine tea
Qingshan

For this green jasmine tea, the bud with the 3 to 5 youngest tea leaves is harvested by machine twice a year, in spring and autumn.

The tea, which is scented three times with fresh jasmine flowers, is ideal for absorbing the mild and natural jasmine fragrance.

Dark green leaves, strongly interspersed with white leaf buds (tips).

The cup color is greenish, light yellow and transparent.

It tastes pleasantly mild, fine dry and flowery.

Machine picked and processed · High quality = Grade 2 (good).

China Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls (Spring)

- Jasmine tea
Qingshan

The raw material for this excellent jasmine tea is the type Green Dragon Pearls. As with all excellent jasmine teas, this tea has been flavored ten times. The pleasantly pointed, dry, fruity cup of this green tea combines perfectly with the taste of the fragrant jasmine aroma.

Silver-grey, heavily rolled small, pearl-like balls with many curled white leaf buds, scented with real, fresh jasmine flowers.

The cup color is light yellow, transparent and clear.

A light, pleasantly fresh, dry and fruity cup with the floral scent of fresh jasmine flowers.

Hand-picked and hand-rolled · Rarity = Grade 1+ (very special).

China Mao Feng Supergreen (Spring)

- green tea
Qingshan

The harvest time of this excellent green tea is in the cool time in early spring. When the shoots grow slowly, the two youngest and smallest tea leaves are harvested without the bud. This selection of leaves without the buds gives the tea its deep dark green color.

Deep dark green leaves, wiry and evenly rolled, without fibre.

The cup color is bright green, light and clear.

It tastes dry, sweet with a strong fruitiness.

Hand-picked and machine processed · Top quality = grade 1 (very good).

China White Cui Min (Spring)

- green tea
Qingshan

This spring harvest tea is made exclusively from young leaf buds with the yet not opened youngest leaf. Due to careful withering, drying and the gently rolling by hand in a heated wok-like pan, this tea gets its shape. The excellent picking material, which also could be used to produce white tea, is processed like green tea: withering, pan-firing, rolling, heating and cooling until the tea finally reaches the desired moisture content.

Large, silver white-haired leaf buds. 

The cup color is transparent clear and white. 

A soft, very light and pleasantly dry, fresh cup with a slight taste of green tea. 

Hand-picked and handcrafted · Top quality = Note 1 (very good).

China White Monkey (Spring)

- green tea
Qingshan

Another version of a tea for that predominately leaf buds are picked, together with the youngest fresh tea leaf. The tea is processed like a green tea. The very coarse leaf structure is preserved because the tea leaves remain largely unprocessed and are rolled only lightly.

The high proportion of hairy white buds ensures that the cup color is clear and light to almost white.

The taste is sweet, fragrant, mild, with a hint of dry green tea flavor.

Hand-picked and handcrafted · Rarity = Grade 1+ (something very special).

China White Paklum Yin Zhen (Spring)

- white tea
Qingshan

White tea in its most natural and original form. This tea is picked and produced only in the spring, after the tea plants had enough time during the winter to grow undisturbed. Only the young white-haired and unopened buds are harvested.

After picking, the buds are spread and dried in the fresh air. The buds are treated very carefully so that the white hairs on the buds remain as undamaged as possible.

The naturally dried, large pure leaf buds show a silver-grey to white hair coat. Therefore this type of tea is called Silver Needle.

The cup color is light cream to white and transparent clear.

It tastes subtle, smooth and fragrant.

Hand-picked and handcrafted · Rarity = Note 1 + (something very special).

China White Pearls Qucha (Spring)

- green tea
Qingshan

Qucha translates to “crooked tea”. When the young white-haired leaf buds sprout in spring, they are harvested together with the two youngest leaves and processed as green tea. Despite the good leaf material, hand-processing is forgone, the rolling and drying are done by the rolling machines and heated drying drums. This creates an excellent green tea.

Silver-grey, heavily rolled small, pearl-like balls with curled white leaf buds.

The cup color is almost greenish white and transparent clear.

A pleasantly fresh, dry, strong cup. 

Hand-picked and machine processed · Upscale quality = Grade 2 (good).

Green Jasmine Fannings

- Jasmine tea
Qingshan

This green Jasmine fannings tea is produced during the processing of green Chun Mee and Jasmine leaf tea.

Looking like finely chopped this green tea is created by abrasion while rolling the Chun Mee tea leaves. Generally, during the production of green leaf tea about 15 to 20 percent fannings arise. The tea is scented with natural jasmine flowers. Because of its small leaf size this tea is suitable for filling teabags.

Very fine, very small, crushed green tea leaves.

The cup color is light green to light yellow and transparent clear.

The taste is pleasant, dry and fruity.

Predominantly machine-picked and machine-processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).

China Green Gunpowder

- green tea
Qingshan

Gunpowder is sold in many different qualities in European retail. The tea got its name because of its spherical shape reminding of gunpowder. In China, these spherical teas are called Zhucha (pearl tea). They are partly low-grade and inexpensive teas. The tea is harvested in late spring and autumn. The 3 to 5 youngest green shoots are harvested by machine and processed as green tea. 

The inexpensive material is processed like the White Pearls Qucha by machine. The leaves are rolled under great pressure, giving the tea its spherical appearance. When compared to other Gunpowder qualities, this tea performs very well, because the climatic conditions in the Qingshan tea farm are excellent. The island location, which is amid a water reserve that creates a perfectly humid climate, is especially beneficial to the quality of these teas.

Heavily rolled, green spherical tea leaves.

The cup color is light green to white and transparent clear.

The taste is pleasantly mild, fresh, slightly bitter, sweetish.

Machine picked and processed · Medium quality = Grade 3 (satisfactory).

China Green Pi Lo Chun Bai Ye (Spring)

- green tea
Qingshan

In the months of April and May the fresh buds with the two to three youngest tea leaves are harvested and machine-processed into a green tea, which qualitatively clearly stands out from the summer productions but still has low production costs. 

Dark green leaves, interspersed with white small leaf buds. 

The cup color is green, bright and clear.

It tastes like a fine dry green tea with a sweet character.

Hand-picked and machine processed · Upscale medium quality = Grade 2 to 3 (good/ satisfactory).


SHANGBA TEA GARDEN

China Green Chun Mee (Spring)

- green tea
Shangba

The classic, inexpensive and most produced green tea in China is also the most popular green tea in Europe, at least in terms of the amount of consumption. Until a few years ago, hardly any other teas were known in Europe. It was only with the increasing interest of European consumers in green tea that consumption and variety of types increased, and higher-quality green and white teas came to Europe.  

Grey-green, wiry, evenly rolled tea leaves.

The cup color is green to light yellow transparent. 

Tt taste is dry and fruity.

Mechanically picked and processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).

China Green Chun Mee (Summer)

- green tea
Shangba

The summer picking material is less suitable for producing high-quality teas. However, much more tea can be harvested in summer because the leaves grow faster. During this time, in China predominantly Chun Mee is produced in different qualities. These teas are harvested in very large quantities by machine and are mainly exported. For green tea consumers in Europe, these are simple, inexpensive, tasty teas.

Grey-green short, wiry, unevenly rolled tea leaves.

The cup color is green, light yellow to yellow.

The taste is dry, fruity with a very light smoky note. 

Mechanically picked and processed · Simple quality = Note 4 (sufficient).

China Green Fannings

- green tea
Shangba

This green fannings tea is produced during the processing of green Chun Mee. Looking like finely chopped, this green tea is created by abrasion while rolling the Chun Mee tea leaves. Generally, during the production of green leaf tea about 15 to 20 percent fannings arise.

Because of its small leaf size this tea is suitable for filling teabags. The quality is different depending on the season of picking, just as with Chun Mee.

Very fine, very small tea leaves.

The cup color is light green to light yellow and transparent clear.

The taste is pleasant, dry and fruity.

Predominantly machine picked and machine processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).

China Green Gunpowder

- green tea
Shangba

Gunpowder is sold in many different qualities in European retail. The tea got its name because of its spherical shape reminding of gunpowder. In China, these spherical teas are called Zhucha (pearl tea). They are partly low-grade and inexpensive teas. The tea is harvested in late spring and autumn. The 3 to 5 youngest green shoots are harvested by machine and processed as green tea. 

The inexpensive material is processed like the White Pearls Qucha by machine. The leaves are rolled under great pressure, giving the tea its spherical appearance. When compared to other Gunpowder qualities, this tea performs very well, because the climatic conditions in the Shangba tea farm are excellent. The location in high altitude with its lots of clouds creates a humid climate, which is particularly beneficial to the quality of these teas.

Heavily rolled, green, spherical tea leaves.

The cup color is light green to white and transparent clear.

The taste is pleasantly mild, fresh, fine bitterly and sweet.

Mechanically picked and processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).

China Jasmine Tea

- Jasmine tea
Shangba

For this green Jasmine tea, the 4 to 5 youngest leaves of the tea plant are picked in the summer. The tea is processed into green tea and scented three times with jasmine flowers. 

Dark green leaves, lightly interspersed with white leaf buds (tips).

The cup color is greenish, light yellow and transparent.

The taste is mild, dry and floral.

Mechanically picked and processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).

China Lung Ching

- green tea
Shangba

Dragon Well tea is offered in many different qualities at extremely varying prices. The name comes from the village of Lung Ching (modern transcription: Longjing) in the province of Zheijang, located near the city of Hangzhou.

Classic Lung Ching is traditionally produced there and can be sold at astronomical prices in China. Today, this type of tea is made in almost all provinces, but rarely reaches the quality of the traditional original. The harvest time of this simple tea from Guizhou is summer.

Grey-green typical flat-pressed Lung Ching leaf.

The cup color is bright, yellowish green and clear.

The taste is dry and fruity.

Mechanically picked and processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).

China Sencha

- green tea
Shangba

Sen Cha means boiled green tea in Japanese. This is the common name for teas produced with fully automated manufacturing lines developed in Japan. After mechanical picking of the tea bushes, the tea leaves are slightly withered and then steamed with 110° C hot water vapour. The demand of the Japanese people for this tea is so great that the domestic tea production cannot meet the demand alone. Japan imports more tea than it exports. On behalf of Japanese tea importers, such fully automated Sencha production facilities are being installed in tea growing countries around the world, so that this tea can also be produced in other countries.

Flat-pressed, light to dark green tea leaves. The cup color is pale green to pale yellow and transparent clear. 

The cup tastes dry, slightly grassy with a light fruity note. 

Mechanically picked and processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).


WULONGSHAN TEA GARDEN

China Green Chun Mee (Spring)

- green tea
Wulongshan

The classic, inexpensive and most produced green tea in China is also the most popular green tea in Europe, at least in terms of the amount of consumption. Until a few years ago, hardly any other teas were known in Europe. It was only with the increasing interest of European consumers in green tea that consumption and variety of types increased, and higher-quality green and white teas came to Europe.

Grey-green, wiry and evenly rolled tea leaves.

The cup color is green to light yellow, transparent.

It tastes fine dry and fruity.

Machine picked and processed · Medium quality = Grade 3 (satisfying).

China Green Chun Mee (Summer)

- green tea
Wulongshan

The summer picking material is less suitable for producing high-quality teas. However, much more tea can be harvested in summer because the leaves grow faster. During this time, in China predominantly Chun Mee is produced in different qualities. These teas are harvested in very large quantities by machine and are mainly exported. For green tea consumers in Europe, these are simple, inexpensive, tasty teas.

Grey-green short, wiry, unevenly rolled tea leaves. 

The cup color is green, light yellow to yellow. 

It tastes dry, fruity with a very light smoky note. 

Machine picked and processed · Simple quality = Grade 4 (sufficient).

China Green Fannings

- green tea
Wulongshan

This green fannings tea is produced during the processing of green Chun Mee. Looking like finely chopped, this green tea is created by abrasion while rolling the Chun Mee tea leaves. Generally, during the production of green leaf tea about 15 to 20 percent fannings arise.

Because of its small leaf size this tea is suitable for filling teabags. The quality is different depending on the season of picking, just as with Chun Mee.

Very fine, very small tea leaves.

The cup color is light green to light yellow and transparent clear.

The taste is pleasant, dry and fruity.

Predominantly machine picked and machine processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).