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Gu Zhu Zi Sun - Green Tea
Weight: 50g (1.76 oz)
This tea, from a small farm in the Guzhu Mountain area of China’s Zhejiang Province, was picked and processed entirely by hand using the standard of two tiny leaves and one bud to preserve the integrity of these tiny, beautiful, near-perfect leaf sets. The dry leaves have a mild, sweet, green vegetable aroma with just a hint of nuttiness, and when steeped they produce a beautifully clear, light yellow liquor with a beautifully sweet aroma. The infusion is very fresh, subtly sweet, clean, and lightly floral with a silky-smooth mouthfeel and a lovely & lingering bittersweet aftertaste.
Gu Zhu Zi Sun is a historically significant green tea that hails from the Guzhu Mountain region of Huzhou Prefecture in the Northwest corner of China's Zhejiang Province. Production of this tea dates back at least to the 8th Century CE, when Lu Yu, China's Sage of Tea and author of "Cha Jing" (the first definitive work on Chinese Tea), set up a tea factory here dedicated to producing Gu Zhu Zi Sun as the first tribute tea for the Tang Dynasty Emperor. Zi Sun (紫笋) means "Purple Bamboo Shoot" in English. This name comes from the fact that, when still on the bush, the leaves of the Zi Sun cultivar have a purplish hue, and the leaves are thought resemble the shape of bamboo shoots.
This batch of Gu Zhu Zi Sun comes from the first Spring Harvest of the 2014 season in the early part of April. It was harvested at an altitude of approximately 1,640 Ft (500 M) in the hills to the northwest of Shikouxiang (
Shuikouxiang Google Map
) in Zhejiang province's Huzhou Prefecture, which lies on the west side of Taihu (Lake Tai) and south of Yixing city/county in southern Jiangsu province.
Leaf: ±3 g (best to weigh because of leaf size/shape; approx 3 tsp) per cup
Time: 3-4 Min
Use approximately 7-8 grams (best to weigh this one because of leaf size/shape) of leaf in a 150 ml gaiwan, water at about 175°F, and a series of short infusions. Start with about 20 seconds for the first steep, and gradually increase the infusion time over a series of 4 or more infusions.
Of course, please adjust the amount of leaf, steeping time, and/or water temperature according to your taste.
Harvest: Spring, 2014 (Ming Qian/Pre-Qing Ming)
Origin: Shuikouxiang, Changxing County, Huzhou Pref., Zhejiang
Cultivar: Zi Sun (Purple Bamboo Shoot)
Altitude : +/-1,640 ft (500 M)
Weight: 50g (1.76 oz)
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