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.
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.