Spring 2020 Harvest LGolden Green (Mingqian or pre-qingming) Hunan Green Tea
Rich and savory, this buttery green tea comes from the xiangmiao cooperative in Western Hunan. This tea is made from a modern green tea varietal called yellow bud which is renown for its soft flavors that are slow to bitter. The liquor is a down-filled yellow gold and the wet leaves exude an almost citrus spice. This tea is very easy to drink, and a perfect hot-weather companion.
In the high mountain hamlets of Western Hunan，the nearly extinct Miao minority language and dress have survived to the present day. It is in this isolated region that the Xiangmiao cooperative is located, growing and producing tea in addition to subsistence crops, this cooperative thrives in the Xiangxi autonomous Ethnic minority zone. This wild area of Hunan was famous for its lawlessness and banditry all the way up to the establishment of the PRC. In recent years, the region is quickly modernizing as new roads and rail are finally connecting Xiangxi and their local products with the outside world.
Brewing recommendation: We recommend drinking this tea 'grandpa style,' as loose leaves in a tall glass; it is easy, simple, and elegant. This is the way almost everyone drinks green tea in China, from office workers to farmers, all in unspoken solidarity.