Spring 2017 Nine Lotus green tea transports the drinker to Jiu Hua Shan (Nine Lotus Mountain in Anhui Province, China) where there is spectacular natural beauty with few roads and no air pollution. The area is visited by some tourists, but most of the residents are Buddhist monks who cultivate this very special tea amidst numerous temples at an altitude of nearly 3,500 feet.
This tea brings us back to our visit to Jiu Hua Shan, tasting the sweet, moist air in our cups, hearing the mantras whispered by the tea-picking monks in our hearts.
These needle-like leaves may be enjoyed gongfu style, with a tea tumbler or a simple water glass. We find the brew exceptionally sweet and uplifting.
Basic Brewing Instructions:
- Loose green tea may be given a 5 to 10 second rinse with the same temperature water as used for brewing.
- 160˚-175˚ F water temperature.
- Use 1 Tablespoon per 8oz. of filtered water
- Recommended first steeping of 30 seconds. Add 15 seconds for each subsequent infusion up to 3 minutes.
- Tea brewing is meant to be a joyful exploration. There are no hard and fast rules. Experiment with the quantity of tea that you use, and steeping times. Enjoy discovering what your preferences are. They may change day to day.