Bao Hong Cha from Yunnan Yi Liang, the only small leaf green tea varietal. This varietal was planted by monks of Bao Hong temple since Tang dynasty, 1300 years of history of cultivation. It became the royal court tribute tea for more than 300 years during Ming and Qing dynasty. Today this varietal is grown wildly on the mountain where Bao Hong temple is located. It was once a famous and popular tea during Ming and Qing dynasty, appeared in many poems and praised by Cao Xue Qin, author of Dream of Red Chamber, Cao mentioned tea 72 times in his novel Dream, Bao Hong Cha was in one of the chapters described where and how it was made.
Bao Hong Cha is selectively picked only tiny sprouts then pan fried flat similar to the shape of Long Jing dragon well green tea. The locals name it bee's wings. This green tea is substantial! Full flavored, intense energy, nectar like thick sweetness, refreshing with weight, 5 grams of leaves can yield a good solid full flavored 20 brews!
Just pure delight! Highly recommended. It's one of a very few green teas that can last so many steepings.
Wild tea trees are untempered by human and without city pollution. The taste is pure, crisp and refreshing, unlike tea garden teas. The energy, Qi in Chinese term is very present and soothing.
A great green tea requires hot temperature water.
Use 3 g for a normal coffee mug size cup, off boil water approximately 209 F. Best result with Kungfu style brewing with either a teapot or gaiwan. Good filtered water such as reverse osmosis water is highly recommended.