After much anticipation, we are thrilled to say that our air shipments of freshly plucked, early spring 2008 green teas have arrived from China and Japan.
In Asia, the spring green tea harvet kicks off the beginning of a new season of tea production. These teas possess sweet, mouth-filling flavors that are influenced by the specific terroir ( the essence of the soil, rocks, rains, late spring snow, clouds & mist, etc. ) of the place where they grow.
In China, spring green teas from high mountain elevations such as these teas are only plucked for a short season of about 6 weeks. During this time the developing leaf on the tea bushes is small and tender. But soon it will grow larger and by June will be classified as summer tea.
In Japan, the first tea of the new season is called Shincha. The tiny leaves and buds of Shincha are only plucked for a short 10-or so day period before they grow too large to be so classified. Shincha is intensely aromatic and vegetal, and in a class by itself. Each spring, Japanese tea lovers eagerly await the arrival of Shincha in the tea shops throughout Japan. It is a time for celebrating the new tea season and for enjoying the flavor of the first tea of the new year.
Those of us living in the West do not often have the chance to experience new tea this fresh. So this is a wonderful opportunity for you to become familiar with such splendid teas. We have a limited quantity of these teas – you won’t want to miss out.
Mending Mt. Clouds & Mist
Mengding Mt. Sweet Dew
Mt. Emei Bamboo Tip
Bamboo Sea Tea
Please vist our website – http://www.cooksshophere.com/products/tea/green/2008_swsp_grn_tea.htm – to read more about each of these extraordindary teas and to place your order.
Note: we have been told by our sources in China that these teas from Sichuan province were in transit before the devastating earthquake occured in that region of China. Since then, the problems caused by broken, impassible roads will mean that transportation of goods out of Sichuan will be cut to a trickle. Further supplies of tea will be delayed for perhaps as long as several months. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of this region of Sichuan whose lives have been so devastated.