Country of Origin: China
Region: Fu-Ding, Fujian Province
Shipping Port: Fuzhou
Grade: Pai Mu Tan
Altitude: 2000 - 4000 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: White Tea Naturally withered
Cup Characteristics: Simply superb! An amazing combination. Has muscatel-like notes that are reminiscent of premium 2nd flush Darjeelings with light fruit finish
Infusion: Pale yellow
Each side of the equation balances out the other. The combination of Peach and Apricot follows the same principal well kind of anyway. According to Chinese folklore, peaches are a potent symbol of long life, conferring longevity on all those who eat them. This belief stems from ancient legends that tell us the fruit was a favorite of the 8 Immortals, divine beings who populated Chinese myth. In the legends, one of the 8, Yu Huang, also known as the Jade Emperor was married to a woman named Xi Wangmu, Queen Mother of the West. Xi Wangmu owned a tree that produced peaches of immortality that she would serve to Yu Huang's immortal companions during an annual feast known as Pantao Hui, or the Feast of Peaches.
So, peaches stand for long life, the Yin of our equation. What then about our Yang, the apricot? Well, according to Chinese tradition, apricots are a symbol of cowardice. (Good thing they taste so deliciously sweet!) One could argue that it takes courage to live a long life, courage being the opposite of cowardice. So then cowardice is the opposite of courageok, maybe it's a bit of a stretch. Whatever the case may be, the combination of peaches and apricots together is heavenly. The combination of peaches and apricots blended with a top grade Pai Mu Tan tea from Fujian even more so. Delicate hints of citrus finish with faint lingering notes of honey layered over the thick jammy character of this full-bodied tea. Pour yourself a cup and ponder the nature of a long life courageously lived!
Hot tea brewing method: This tea can be used repeatedly ( la chinoise) - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180�F or 90�C. Place 1 tsp of leaves per cup in your teapot and steep for 3 minutes. Then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the pot. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on - until the tea flavor is exhausted. Alternatively for 1 time use, add boiling water and steep for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Milk or sugar will mask the delicate characters of this tea and are not recommended. Look at the pattern of the leaves - they foretell life.
Iced tea brewing method: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]