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Yunnan Peregrine 1st Flush Mountain

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Peregrine 1st Flush Mountain is an extremely rare and quite delicious black tea from Yunnan Province, China. The forested wild hills of Yunnan are home to the magnificent Peregrine Falcons.  Revered throughout the mountain villages as a spiritual and sacred bird, the local people have created fables which intertwine the Peregrine falcons with their lives.  It is of no surprise that since Yunnan province is home to some of the world's finest tea,  their is a fable which tea owes its existence to the Peregrine falcon.  

The Fable of Peregrine 1st Flush Mountain:

A young boy was out hunting rabbits above his village, and as he ventured further up the steep forested slopes, he came across a falcon caught in a snare – in those days it was customary for the aristocrats to keep Peregrine Falcons for hunting and as the boy examined the snare he found it had the great mark of a fierce local warlord.  Faced with the dilemma of returning the bird to the warlord or setting it free and face certain death if his action was discovered by the warlord. Whilst deep in thought a sudden sharp wind whisked through the forest carrying the cry of this falcon.  It said “if you release me from this trap, I will show a great field of undiscovered tea bushes which will make an amazing new variety of tea and this will make you rich enough to pay your tributes to the warlord and more besides”, at this the boy released the bird and true to the Peregrine Falcon’s word lead him to this remarkable new tea.

Over the years this extraordinary tea has come to be regarded as one of the best teas produced in Yunnan province of China.  Picked during the spring Flush, it is graded as TGFOP Special (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe Special) - the cup overflows with vivacious malt highlights, underpinning a full body camellia delight.  It brews up a beautiful golden coppery colour infusion.

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