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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 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).