NanJing YuHua Tea
Yu Hua tea originates from Nanjing City in Jiang Su province. The name Yu Hua means "Rain Flower", and it is so called because the tea leaves are harvested from within the Rain Flower Terrace area. As one of the Ten Famous Tea in China, Yuhua Tea appears green and round resembling pine and is covered with white hair, which is as tight and straight as the pine needle. A grand Yu Hua Tea Festival is held during April yearly. This festival is aimed to publicizing this special Nanjing Rain Flower Green Tea.
Quality characteristics of Yu Hua tea:
Shape: shape like pine needles, tightly, straight round, tips tall and graceful, pekoe revealed
Color: Green bloom, evenly, clean
Soup color: tender green and clear
Aroma: fragrance and clean aroma lasting
Taste: fresh and mellow, brisk
Tea leafs: green bright
History of Yu Hua Tea
Yu Hua tea is One of the finest, most prestigious, and certainly most unique green tea in the world. The name Yu Hua came from a Buddhist legend where a Zen master lectured around the area of Nanjing, declaring that if his teachings were true, flowers would rain from the heavens. When this Zen master taught his dharma, flowers rained! Some 50 years ago, the Chinese government awarded the people of Nanjing the right to make a tea unique to that region, and that few artisans in the country could make, to pay homage to the Nanjing Massacre. Hence, this uplifting name was chosen to commemorate the gifting of this tea to the people of Nanjing:
Yu Hua, the Rain Flower tea.This tea is very prestigious, and supplied mainly to the Chinese Central Government as well as the local governments. Any remaining lots would be available to other 'persons of importance,' mainly heads of companies for gift giving. The top premium grades are exclusively handmade, and fewer than 10 teamasters in the country have the skill set and experience to produce the namesake shape of the Rain Flower tea; called the needle shape, this is the most challenging shape to make of any green tea. Early tender buds flushed in the mornings are chosen, and an experienced tea harvester may only be able to harvest about one pound of raw leaves a day. Fired completely by hand in a hot, dry wok of over 100 degrees Celsius, the entire process takes about an hour. The finished shape resembles a pine needle: bulbous end, hair thin and without breakage, a straight spine on one side, a knife edge on the other side, and it all must come to a sharp needle point.
Process of Yu Hua Tea
Yu Hua tea produced in Yuhuatai of Nanjing. Tea region has mild climate, fertile soil, abundant rainfall, is very suitable for tea growing. Yu Hua tea picks a bud and a leaf, length is about 2.5 to 3 cm , after fixing, rolling, shaping, roasting of four processes, all processes are used manually
Nanjing Rain Flower Green Tea leaves are processed with great care and have a delicate appearance and fresh taste. The tea has the healthy effect of protecting against food poisoning, refreshing the body, quenching thirst and cleaning the system.
The finished Yuhua Tea resembles the pine needle in shape. After steeped with hot water, the leaves will spread out with good color, bringing out fresh and cool flavor and sweet aroma. It can help to remove internal heat and fat, refresh you and boost the Qi(means energy).