Green Tea (Young Hyson)
Lucky dragon tea
By fate, not option, frugal Nature gave One scent to hyson and to wall-flower, One sound to pine-groves and to waterfalls, One aspect to the desert and the lake. – from Xenophanes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
A green tea for those who feel they’ve tasted all other green teas. A colloquial name for this tea is Lucky Dragon Tea. Hyson tea from the Anhui province of China is actually considered a rather low-grade tea. However, those young buds plucked before the rainy season are considered to be particularly flavorful. The leaves are twisted into long, whisker-thin rolls that unfurl like tiny scrolls when steeped.
The cup pours a pale yellow-green color similar to impure beryl. The flavor is full-bodied and strong with a piney finish that some casual tea drinkers may find off-putting at first, but that the connoisseur will find fascinating. It is this piney flavor that makes this tea perfect to drink alongside cold meat dishes or salty snacks.
A little history note, it is estimated that about 15-20% of the tea tossed in the harbor at the Boston Tea Party was Hyson tea.
|Ingredients||Formosa green tea, twisted leaf.|
|Product Style||Loose Leaf|
|Botanical Name||Camellia Sinensis|
|Shelf Life||3 years|
|Basic Preparation||Caffeinated; 3 grams of tea per six ounces of water yields approximately 150 cups per lb. of tea.|
|Recommended Applications||Start with cold, fresh water. Preheat tea pot, use approximately 3 grams of tea leaves for 6 oz of water. For tea, steep 4 minutes. For Herbal Teas/Tisanes brew as black teas, with water to rolling boil. Pour over tea or herbal, do not boil botanicals when making tea.|
|Handling / Storage||To be stored in a cool, dry area out of direct light.|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Dietary Preferences||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO|
|Allergen Information||None Specified|