Several years ago Mike and his wife, Brigitte, took a trip to the hills and waters of Thousands of Islands in the southern ZheJiang Province in China. The sun was out and the weather bracing as they drove around the curves that follow the scenic shores of this large reservoir. Finally after hours of driving they arrived at a storybook tea village: Chun Lu. The hills rise from the lake’s edges up to the hills, there were enough stone walls to melt a New Englander’s heart. And the tea was very special. It was from organically grown tea plants made in a new factory that makes a tea with a special flavor and lots of body.
So we have a weak spot for Chun Lu and brought it back this year. It is a an early Spring tea so it is loaded with amino acids that makes for all the body. The color is unlike most other green teas, it is a much more vibrant green without any silvery tip. Also, the shape is unusual with the thick curl to the tea. The special flavor reminds us of light yet refreshing flavors in cucumbers.
Thick curls of dark green.
Medium yellow with a some green tints.
The vegetal flavors of cucumbers--very refreshing.