Buddhist Tea Organic (Fo Cha)
In the sixth and seventh centuries, tea drinking became increasingly popular with Buddhist monks as they recognized the green leaf as a means of clearing the mind and providing stimulation to allow for longer sessions of meditation. The monks realized they gained some mental discipline along with noting the enjoyable aspects of drinking tea. Cultivation followed and the monks set about to develop a cultivar rich in flavors and aroma. Our Buddhist Tea is a classic vegetal-tasting green made of early-spring leaves organically grown and harvested in Zhejiang Province. This lot was harvested in April of 2016. Lot # S.
Why we selected this particular lot. The leaves are a wonderful light green coloration mixed with white buds. The lot is grown organically and carefully crafted to form tight, consistently sized curls. Centuries of cultivation have developed a leaf with a grassy-sweet aroma and fresh, vegetal flavors. The tea is smooth with little hint of astringency. For those that enjoy a robust green tea, this is a good choice for an everyday green tea.
Interesting facts about our selection. This lot is basket roasted giving the tea an extra degree of sweetness. A tea such as this should yield amino acids, alkaloids and polyphenols all of which contribute to the wonderful aroma of this tea. Further, these compounds contribute to create a tea that is fresh and brisk yet also vegetable sweet. Given the pluck date, this lot should be high in minerals and other healthy compounds.
Taste profile: Offers a distinctive vegetal flavor, sweet to the palate and lingering. The taste is mellow and smooth. The cup color is a rich yellow-green the result of the flavanols in the leaves.
Brewing suggestions. Use 3 grams of leaf (about a tablespoon) for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 175-195 degrees F. The hotter the water the quicker the taste of the leaves will release. We recommend a brief steeping of 1.5 to 2 minutes, to enjoy the subtle qualities of the leaf. For greater body, steep for 3-4 minutes. This tea is slow to turn astringent. The leaves will yield 3 steeps.
Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.
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Posted by Unknown on 1st Aug 2016
one of the best green teas ever
Average taste for a high price
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Jun 2016
This is a smooth and adequate green tea with nice subtlety. However, for the price I was expecting something special with a more exquisite taste.
Posted by Matthew Henze on 6th Apr 2016
Great flavor, leaves have a bright green attractive color when brewed.
Perfect archetype of Green Tea
Posted by Justin on 24th Nov 2014
I have bought this tea several different years. Some years shine a little more than others, as is expected of something that grows from the earth. Conditions change and so responds the tea. I actually enjoy the thrill of change; not knowing just how Fo Cha will taste is part of the fun. I come back again and again because overall this is the very archetype of a delicious cup of green tea. Pale green cup, sweet taste, very mild grassiness, and medium thin mouth-feel. At dawn this is the perfect way to start!
Year in, year out, my favorite brew of this tea is like this:
1.7g leaf steeped for 2 minutes in a 3.5oz gaiwan.
As always, start with clean water heated to as close to 180ºF/82ºC as possible without exceeding 185ºF/85ºC. I use a Berkey water filter for the cleanest and most consistent water source.