Product type: Al Bakhira Tea 4011 Chun Mee
Processing type: Stir-fried
Look: clear long and thin strip
Smell: Clear, umami, strong aroma
Liquid: Brown and Bright
Taste: Bright, fresh, enlivening
Certification: FDA, HACCP, ISO, QS, EU, CIQ, SGS
Market: Europe, North Africa, West Africa
Zhejiang area farms are widely recognized for the quality of their cultivars, particularly the famous Chunmee Tea. A mountainous area along the coast of the China Sea, Zhejiang offers a terroir ideal for developing nuanced, rich tasting teas. Al Bakhira tea is made early in the spring and crafted to the farm's taste preference. Green Fragrance is a great representation of this annual harvest.
Lot Notes. Al Bakhira Tea’s leaf is small. compact and a rich green color. Made to local custom, its shape is reminiscent of the Chun Mee style but made at lower firing temperature. Aroma and taste capture the notes of early spring greens.
Tea Facts. Al Bakhira Tea is made from a local cultivar. Leaf is small & compact. Harvest date is April. Tea farm is at an elevation of 700 meters. Note, teas grown at higher elevations and plucked early in the spring tend to offer higher levels of polyphenols with more pronounced flavors and aromas.
Tasting Notes. We find the taste is bright, enlivening. Catechins and teaflavins content show in its strong flavor and puckering in the mouth. Clean, fresh vegetal flavor, spinach note and lightly sweet. Offers a pleasant, lingering finish.
Brewing Suggestions. A round teaspoon of leaf for 7-8 ounces of water. Water temperature is best at 185-195 F. Steep 1.5-2 minutes to taste the range of the tea's flavors. Multiple steeps if one keeps the leaves from overstepping.