ORGANIC PEACOCK #1
(Organic China Green Tea)
Country of Origin: China
Region: Jiangxi Province
Shipping Port: Shanghai
Grade: Special handmade peacock style
Attitude: up to 2500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Hand rolled and formed
Cup Characteristics: Delicious green tea character with delightful fruity-like early season flavor.
Infusion: Tending bright emerald green
Ingredients: Luxury organic green tea
Certified Organic by QMI Organic Inc.
Certificate #: 150 - 2008
Organic tea is produced without the input of chemical fertilizers or
pesticides and herbicides. Unfortunately the yield per acre is lower and
quite often quality can suffer compared to when fertilizers and others
inputs are utilized. Nevertheless with good manufacturing techniques the
cup characteristics can be maintained at a very high level - such is
the case with this tea. This tea is a top quality Green Tea (‘Peacock
#1’ showy, beauty, importance, good luck) with good ‘green tea’ taste
properties - slightly vegetative and fruity, but refreshing and clean.
This superior quality Peacock #1 tea is exceptionally well graded. It is
said that if you look closely at the infused leaf you will see the fan
of the peacock’s tail feathers. This tea has a delightful fruity-like
character, which is on account of the plucking and time of year it is
grown. The finest crop is plucked in the early season (March/April),
before the May rains have swelled the tender leaves and the sun noonday
sun stresses the tea bush to the point where it affects the flavor. This
tea is plucked in the early season as the sun is just beginning to rise
above the horizon. Plucking of new leaf is generally carried out by
women who get up at 3 to 4 am and walk in groups to the fields. On the
way they risk encounters with poisonous snakes and ‘nasty’ insects. To
keep their spirits up they often sing songs such about their dreams and
their loves. The last 2 lines of a popular Zhejiang folk song go as
follows: ‘My spirit in a tizzy, I ordered that young man, by all means
to await me in my dreams to come’.
Hot tea brewing method: Can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. Use
water about 180ºF or 90ºC. Place 1 teaspoon of tea in your cup let the
tea steep for about 1-3 minutes - do not remove the leaves from the cup.
Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on -
until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look at the pattern of the
leaves in the brew, not only do they foretell your fortune but you can
see the shoots presenting themselves, not unlike a peacock’s tail
feathers fanning out.
Alternatively as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea
into the teapot, pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn
(previously boiled water has lost most of its oxygen and therefore tends
to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (the leaves
will sink), pour into your cup but do not add milk or sugar since green
tea is enjoyed ‘straight-up’.