Presenting our West Lake Longjing Yuqian Tea, cultivated from the Quntizhong cultivar, also known as Tu Cha. This cultivar is one of the oldest and most traditional varieties used in Longjing tea production, valued for its distinctive aroma and taste. This year, we bring to you an exceptional batch of Yuqian tea harvested during a particularly dry season, resulting in a late budding that contributes to the tea's unique attributes.
Unlike Longjing 43, Quntizhong cultivar produces leaves that are slightly rounder, with a rich green color that signifies its high quality. Upon brewing, it unfurls to release a mellow, complex aroma - a signature characteristic of the cultivar. It offers a liquor that is a shade deeper than the typical Longjing, exuding a pleasantly fresh and slightly nutty flavor.
The Yuqian period, which falls after the early spring rains but before the Grain Rain festival, allows the tea leaves to grow longer and absorb more nutrients from the soil, resulting in a fuller-bodied tea compared to its Mingqian counterpart. Due to this year's dry conditions, the Quntizhong cultivar budded late, leading to a longer growth period and creating an unusually refined and premium batch of Yuqian tea.
Indulge in the rich, nuanced flavors of our West Lake Longjing Yuqian Tea from the Quntizhong cultivar and discover the exquisite craftsmanship behind this timeless tradition.