Gao Shan Yun Wu (Misty New Top) Organic Green Tea 2012

Gao Shan Yun Wu (Misty New Top) Organic Green Tea 2012


This tea comes from Zhejiang province in eastern China near the Pacific coast, close to the larger cities of Hangzhou and Shanghai. Historically Zhejiang is famous for producing green tea. One of China’s most famous high-end green teas, Long Jing (Dragon Well), is produced in Zhejiang as well as the very popular Gunpowder.

Gao Shan Yun Wu is actually made from the same bush as the Long Jing (Dragon Well) teas. After the Long Jing has gone through its picking season, they allow the plants to grow for about two or three weeks, then they go back and pick the leaves that will be used to make Gao Shan Yun Wu.

Gao Shan Yun Wu is grown close to the center of Zhejiang province. In this area the temperature is very good for growing tea. The average annual temperature is around 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit) with 70 percent humidity, which is very good growing conditions for the Camellia Sinensis bush. The Gao Shan Yun Wu we offer is grown in an organic tea garden on a hill with a height of 600 meters above sea level. Most tea in this area is grown at around 300 meters because of the areas proximity to the ocean; but this tea is grown at a special garden placed near a national park, which has one Mountain reaching to 1500meters above sea level. Having this tea grown at a higher elevation allows this Gao Shan Yun Wu to offer a sweeter flavor.

Also, because of the higher elevation, this tea is constantly sitting in the clouds giving it the name ‘Misty New Top’. ‘Misty’ because of the constant mist surrounding the garden and ‘New Top’ because only the tender leaves at the top of the bush are picked to make this tea.

Gao Shan Yun Wu (Misty New Top) is one of the highest quality everyday green teas because of its picking standard and growing conditions. Most everyday green teas, such as Sencha, Buddha’s Eyebrow (Taishan Fo Mei) and Gunpowder, are grown at lower elevations and have a longer time period in which they are picked. For those teas they are picked for a few months at a time, then blended together and sorted to make standard even size for different grades. When tea is produced like this it means some leaves may be tender but the older leaves mixed in will be more brittle. Gao Shan Yun Wu is only picked for about a month, starting around the end of April till early May. They specifically pick this time to pick so they may offer a high quality everyday green tea.

Unlike some everyday teas, such as Buddha’s Eyebrow, Gao Shan Yun Wu is not chopped. This helps this tea to be infused longer and not become bitter. This tea is also made out of whole leaves, which allows for a full flavor over many infusions.

In China the popular everyday teas knows as Eyebrow teas are rolled and kneaded strongly during the making to help push out some of the moisture and remove some of the bitterness. Mao Feng, is another popular style of everyday tea. Mao Feng teas are either left to dry naturally (like Premium Huang Shan Mao Feng) or lightly rolled( like Gao Shan Yun Wu) This makes the leaves appear larger when the leaves are dry, but in fact the Mao Feng teas are usually more delicate and better quality everyday green teas.

When processing this tea, the top leaves are picked in the morning. Leaves are placed about 3 centimeters (about 1.8 inches) thick on bamboo sheets and left to sit from four to six hours. This allows the leaves to release about 10% of their moisture and become softer. Leaves are then sent to be rolled by a machine, this machine is very hot so that is may kill the enzymes while it rolls the leaves. Killing the enzymes stops the oxidation process. So while all tea is oxidized, green tea’s heating process allows it to only oxidize about 10%. Now the tea is sent to a different machine to be lightly kneaded, this causes the twisting of the tealeaves. Last the tea is sent to an oven to be dried. All these steps are taken to remove moisture which helps keep the tea from aging.

When you look at the dried leaves of this tea, you will notice the dark green jade color, but once the leaves have been used they show a bright green color. When you brew this tea you can tell it has more buds than most every day teas. The leaves are more soft and tender which shows the freshness of the tea. These qualities create a smooth sweetness in this rich green tea. The color of the liquor is lightly green/yellowish, like the color of olive oil. Once brewed, this tea offers an aroma similar to roasted chestnuts, sweet with a lightly roasted flavor.

We purchase the first grade of this tea in order to offer you the best quality Organic Gao Shan Yun Wu (Misty New Top) possible.

Tea Origin: Zhejiang Province, China
Tea Bush: Long Jing #43
Tea Master: Hu Zhao Yu
Harvest Time: end of April
Picking Standard: 1 bud to 2 leaves

Brewing Guidelines
Teaware: 12 oz. glass or porcelain pot
Amount: 1 Tbs of tea leaves
Water: 190°F filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 2 minutes. The leaves are good for 5 infusions.

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