2009 Before the Rain Teas


Asian tea enthusiasts believe that the earlier the pluck, the better the green tea. They are eager for the arrival of spring, as the time for harvesting early-season green teas is only-once a year and fleeting.

Our gorgeous selections of Before the Rains teas have just arrived, and we are thrilled to be able to offer them to all of our tea enthusiast customers. These lovely green teas are from eastern China and western China and all of them epitomize the ‘ideal’ of fresh and sweet.

Choose from:

Du Yun Mao Jian - Fuzzy Tips

Du Yun Mao Jian – Fuzzy Tips

Du Yun Mao Jian – Fuzzy TipAlthough we have encountered this lovely tea in China, this is the first time that we have had Dun Yun Mao Jian for sale. It’s one bud-one leaf plucking standard is reminiscent of the appearance of Pan Long Yin Hao ( Dragon Whiskers ). It has an earthy, woodsy flavor that makes me think of Xin Yang Mao Jian: both of these teas possess a straightforward, minerally-backbone that is very pleasing, and a telltale clue to their western China origin. Dun Yun Mao Jian is from Guizhou Province, a place of fascination and wonder that is populated by several of China’s colorful ethnic minority groups known for elaborate silver jewelry, embroidery and textile arts.


Fo Cha - Buddhist Tea

Fo Cha – Buddhist Tea

Fo  Cha- Buddhist Tea

Fo Cha is the local name for the tea from Jiu Hua mountain, a magical place of dense woods, waterfalls, bamboo forests. And green tea that has a refreshing sweetness from the special environment of the tea gardens. Jiu Hua mountain holds special memories for us: on our first tea buying trip to China we visited the Zhan Tian Buddhist Temple ( we had a vegetarian meal there and tea with the head monk). Later, we had a midnight tour of the bustling Jiuhua Mao Feng Factory ( yes, they work round the clock during prime harvest season ).  The leaves are long and needle-shaped and covered with tiny white hairs, and very fresh tasting.

Gu Zhu Zi Sun - Purple Bamboo

Gu Zhu Zi Sun – Purple Bamboo

Gu Zhu Zi Sun – Purple Bamboo

This tea is cultivated on Mount Guzhu on the western side of Lake Tai in Zhejiang Province. Purple bamboo has an interesting appearance – the bud is tight and the single leaf is long and full and slightly opened. Some leaves have a light yellow cast, a mark of early spring plucking ( end of March ). Purple Bamboo tea was one of sage Lu Yu’s most cherished teas. He brought this tea to the attention of the Tang Emperor Dai Zhong ( 762-79 ) who order the creation of the first imperial tea garden at that site to insure  continual supply of Purple Bamboo tea to his court.  Purple Bamboo has a classic eastern China ‘taste’: sweet, clean and refreshing.

Jing Shan Silver Tips

Jing Shan Silver Tips

Jing Shan Silver TipThis tea has great historic significance in China. Jing Shan was the place where the great temple of Jing Shan ( once believed to have comprised close to three thousand buildings ) welcomed Buddhist monks and scholars during the Tang dynasty ( 618-907 ). This temple was one of the most famous temples in China, and its tea gardens were abundant and especially prized for its fragrance and sweetness. It is from this place that priests returning to Japan brought back word of the delicious nature of Jing Shan tea. Over time, the temple and the tea gardens fell into ruins, but today, thanks to the efforts of the Tea Research Institute of Hangzhou nearly fifty years ago, the gardens are thriving once again. Our Jing Shan is a Hao Ya style curled leaf with abundant white tip.

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One thought on “2009 Before the Rain Teas

  1. Hi Jason,

    The only tea that I have ever tasted from Guizhou Province is the Du Yun Mao Jian that we received this spring. And it is a wonderful; very reminiscent of some of the eastern China green teas but much its own style as well. To be honest, I know almost nothing about the tea in this province, but if the Du Yun Mao Jian is indicative of their style and quality, then we need to have more of their tea ! I am anxious to visit that region of China because of the ethinc minority populations that live there; they are famous for textiles and silver jewelry. Despite all of my tea-sourcing trips to China, I have yet to make it there. My guess is that there is not alot of tea produced there, but what is made is quite special.

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