July 2016
#8 - Dragon Boat Green Tea

Last month we celebrated the third biggest holiday of the year in traditional Chinese culture — Dragon Boat Festival, or "Duan Wu Jie" in Mandarin. Just days after the holiday weekend, we stopped by the home of a tea farmer friend in our favorite village in tea country - Yong Long, in Lugu Township. This is how we happened upon this month's batch of Dragon Boat Green Tea.

Specific Information About This Batch

Eco-Cha Tea Club: Dragon Boat Green Tea

This batch of Dragon Boat Green Tea was harvested on the fifth day of fifth month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. It is believed that the hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. pm this day are when the Yang Energy is strongest in the Lunar Year. Traditional custom holds this to be the ideal time to collect mountain spring water to be used for its beneficial effects in removing "dampness" from the body, as interpreted by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our friend Mr. Chen innovated upon this traditional concept to harvest tea leaves at this time, as it is considered an overall atmospheric phenomenon.
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Eco-Cha Tea Club: Dragon Boat Green Tea Tasting Notes

The leaves were almost fully grown at harvest time, but still very young and tender. The larger leaf size provides a more full-bodied character within the green tea category while still maintaining that full fresh green character and flavor profile. The aroma of the brewed leaves is a garden fresh scent, following an afternoon summer rain. The texture is exceedingly smooth and balanced, with a green vegetal flavor profile, and a clean refreshing finish with just a touch of bitter to convey its pure tea character.
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