Sprung from the loamy slopes of Dehong, the western extremity of the Yunnan province, this ‘Snow Phoenix’ is produced solely from the handpicked unopened buds of the tea plant's new flush growth. In similar fashion to its cousin, Silver Needle, the extreme discretion in harvesting only the newest sprouts on the plants instills something soft, aromatic and rife with nutrients. In the words of Lohas, the production team behind this, they are a “dyed in the wool traditionalist” with an eye for “quality, rather than quantity,” and this tea is produced without agrochemicals or herbicides. We first encountered this tea by chance two years ago and have been keen to share it ever since. Notes of rosemary, hay, and wildflowers.
Region: Dehong, Yunnan, China
Variety: Da Ye
Elevation: 1,235 meters above sea level
Harvest Date: April 2020
Brewing Recommendation: 5g tea | 340mL water | 185°F | 4:00