Hui Ming Tea
Quality characteristics of Huiming tea:
Shape: tightly, flat and straight
Color: green bloom
Soup color: clear and bright
Aroma: fresh, fragrant with orchids
Taste: fresh and brisk
Tea leafs: single bud tender complete, bright green
Huiming Tea, or “White Tea” in ancient China, is a traditional famous tea in Zhejiang Province, which is also called Jingning Huiming. It is produced in Huiming Village on Chimu Mountain, Hongken District, Jingning She Nationality Autonomous County.
According to documents, tea plants were first planted in Jingning during 847 to 859 A.D. It has had a history of over 1100 years till now It first came to international attention in 1915 when it won a gold medal at the Panama Pacific International Exhibition, San Francisco .Cultivation of the tea ceased during WWII, and production of the tea was resumed in 1979.
Huiming tea produced in the Huiming Temple and around the village of Jingning Country of Zhejiang. Jingning County towering peaks, abundant natural resources, the climate mild and humid, moist soil, is a good environment for growing tea. Huiming tea is roasted green tea, fresh leaves picking standard: a bud and two leaves, main processing include: fixing, rolling, re-rolling, drying four processes. Huiming tea has orchid aroma, rich durable, very popular, called “Gold Huiming.”
The Legend of the Hui Ming Tea
once a merchant in Jingning was traveling south by boat, he met a shabby-dressed old monk and gave him a lot of money and pieces of goods. The monk had nothing to give in return but the white tea and tea seeds he carried along, while telling the merchant that a cup of the tea would cure acute diseases. When the merchant returned home, he preserved the white tea without thinking too much. A couple of days later, his mother suddenly lost her sight without getting any better after seeing many famous doctors. The merchant was so anxious that one day he thought of the white tea given by the monk and decided to have a try. Miraculous enough, his mother got completely healed after drinking the tea!
The merchant was so happy that he ordered to cultivate the tea seeds with all care. After the tea plants grew up and tea leaves being processed, the tea was promoted and spread to other places. Since the tea could cure blindness, it was named "Huiming Tea" (会明茶), or Brightening Tea by the merchant, which then became “惠明茶” as it was spread around.