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2 Doves Silver Needle Tea 1 oz

$17.50

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2 DOVES SILVER NEEDLE (White tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Fujian Province Shipping Port: Fuzhou Grade: Silver Dove Tips Altitude: 2500’ – 4000’ ft. above sea level Manufacture Type: White Tea – naturally withered Cup Characteristics: A premium tea that has exquisite haunting hints of peach whit a fresh lingering finish. This is one of China’s best white teas. Infusion: Shimmering with light yellow notes. Ingredients: Luxury white tea Information: For the world’s top tea collectors, Fujian’s Fuding County holds a special place as the home of the world’s finest white teas. Each has its own special characteristics resulting from the unique soil conditions, rain, sunlight, tea genus, production method and story. That’s right…story. Were they better known, Fuding County’s many “tea legends” would make the region a required stop for the world’s top storytellers. From one end of Fuding to the other stories abound describing the way certain teas were discovered and how they got their names. One of the lesser known of these tales has to do with 2 Doves Silver Needle, a fabulously delicate “buds only” white tea plucked from a Fujian genus known as Fuding Da Hao. The story we were told took place during the early days of Fuding – (the county was established during the Qing Dynasty in 1739 AD.) In those days, a tea grower and his family found themselves indebted to a mercenary who lived in a neighboring county and had protected them during a local squabble. The mercenary told the grower that he had one year to pay back the debt he owed or he would claim their daughter. Faced with the prospect of giving his only daughter to be the man’s concubine, the grower began to pray. After a few weeks, the grower and his wife both had the same dream. In the dream a pair of doves told them that in the morning, two real doves would appear on the farm gate. The grower and his wife should follow the birds deep into the woods where they would find a tract of undiscovered wild tea. From this tea they were to pluck only the top downy buds. These they were to process in a special new style that would help them make enough money to save their daughter. The next morning, just as the doves had said, the grower and his wife found the wild tea. They plucked as many baskets as they could carry and brought them back to their house where they set to processing them. 3 days later they brought the tea to market and made enough money in one day to pay back their debt – a miracle! From that day forward they called their new tea 2 Doves Silver Needle in honor of the birds who had saved their daughter. It’s an amazing story. Whether or not you choose to believe it, the amazing qualities of this tea can’t be disputed. The wiry, silvery buds coated in a light down resemble dove’s wings while the flavor is light, sweet and loaded with nuance - a wonderful tea to add to your collection today. Note: White teas are amazingly healthy and typically have less caffeine and higher anti-oxidant levels than black, green or oolong teas. Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly (à la chinoise) - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180ºF or 90ºC. Place 1-2 teaspoons of leaves in your cup and let the tea steep for 3 minutes. Then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on - until the tea flavor is exhausted. 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: It is not customary to make iced tea from white tea, nevertheless if you wish to do so we would recommend the following 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.]

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100 Monkeys Tea 1 oz

$7.30

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100 MONKEYS (White Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Hunan Province Shipping Port: Shanghai Grade: Handmade white leaf Altitude: 2000’ ft. – 4000’ ft. above sea level Manufacture Type: Handmade Cup Characteristics: Excellent new season flavor. The strength of the cup belies its white tea nature. White tea is acknowledged to be very high in polyphenols. Infusion: Very pale slight green. Ingredients: White tea. Information: Many of the specialty teas grown and produced in China are associated with folklore and legend. 100 Monkeys, a rare White Mao Feng tea from Hunan is no exception. In certain villages of that province, a pot of this tea is purported to ward off evil spirits. This belief stems from a centuries old tale that centers on an old tea grower and his wife who worked a small plot of land high in the hills. So the story goes, the couple was being terrorized by a renegade band of monkeys. Time and again, they woke up to discover that the night’s flush of new tea shoots had been pulled apart by the nimble thieves. They tried everything to stop the monkeys, from covering the crop with netting, to buying two large dogs to scare the group away. Nothing seemed to work. In desperation the husband decided that he would have to travel over the mountains to a remote cave where it was rumored that a shaman lived whom he could ask for help. The man packed his bag and set off. Upon reaching the cave, he explained his problem to the holy man. The holy man told him that he should go away and come back in 3 days for the solution to his dilemma. 3 days later the man returned and was given a recipe for a new type of tea written on a parchment. The holy man explained that since the monkeys always came looking for tea, if he gave them 100 pounds of this produced tea they would depart and never return. The grower thanked the holy man and set off for home. On the way he studied the new recipe, which was very complex. The tea was a variety of Mao Feng, which in English means white downy tips, (“mao” means white down and “feng” means tips.) The production method involved 11 steps - 4 stages of frying, 3 stages of kneading, followed by 4 stages of baking - it was worth a shot. The man and his wife spent the next week producing the new tea. Once they had 100 pounds, they left it out in a wooden chest near their tea patch. That night as usual they heard the monkeys descend on the farm, shrieking, and pounding the earth. The next morning, they rushed outside to find that the chest was empty. The monkeys had taken the tea, and as the legend goes, never returned again. Whether or not you believe this ancient tale there is one thing you can be sure of - this is a spectacular Chinese tea. Somewhat stronger than many other white teas - you don’t think a light tea would ward off evil spirits or monkeys do you? - 100 Monkeys produces a profoundly complex cup. The leaves can be brewed a number of times and with each infusion subtle changes to the cup can be detected. This is truly one tea that you will wish to appreciate over and over - whether you’ve got a monkey to get off your back or not! Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly (à la chinoise) - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180’F or 80’C. Place 1-2 teaspoons of leaves in your cup and let the tea steep for 3 minutes. Then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on - until the tea flavor is exhausted. 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: It is not customary to make iced tea from white tea, nevertheless if you wish to do so we would recommend the following 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.] LE070

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