Heavenly Blue Peak (Tian Mu Qing Ding)
Heavenly Blue Peak - nuanced, offering some nuttiness, naturally sweet
Harvest date 2016. One of China's famous teas, Heavenly Blue Peak (Tian Mu Qing Ding) was long the favored tea of emperors. An exceptional spring green, this high-mountain varietal is harvested only for a very brief period in early April. Grown in bamboo forest preserves of Tian Mu Mountains, in Zhejiang Province, this varietal was once thought to have been lost and fell out of production for a time. Literally translated as "Blue Green Summit", our high-grade Qing Ding lot offers the tea lover an opportunity to enjoy a wonderfully aromatic and flavorful tea.
Why we selected this particular lot: One of our best selling teas, there is always great anticipation around finding the new harvest's best lot. We tasted a number of lots and selected this one as it offers the 3 attributes we seek in tea: a fresh, enticing leaf appearance, a fresh aroma and, once cupped, a captivating, enduring flavor. The leaves are long and elegant and a fresh green color. It was grown organically and has a fresh clean taste.
Tasting notes: The taste is nuanced and naturally sweet and will linger with a soft mouth feel. Heavenly Blue is harvested a bit later than most high-grade green teas. Fired in wicker baskets, the tea is slowly heated accentuating and preserving its sweet notes. It will brew to a clear, light-yellow liquor. Our lot will provide the most discerning tea drinker a satisfying, savory cup with a very nice mouth feel in the finish. Lot # 3.
Brewing suggestions: Use 3 grams for 8- 12 oz. of water and 4-5 grams with 12-16 ounces. Best prepared with water at 165-185 degrees F. and steep the leaves for approximately 2 minutes, then taste. A longer infusion time will produce more intensity with a bit more astringency. A shorter steep emphasizes the sweet and delicate notes of this varietal. Drain the water off the leaves between steeps and you will get added 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.
Supporting adults with disabilities
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.
Selected by the finest shops and restaurants
Our award-winning teas are proudly served at these and other fine restaurants, stores and tea shops.
The Silk Road Teas Story
"Before the rain" teas - picked in late March, first days of April, just before the Qing Ming festival.
Excellent green tea!
Posted by Unknown on 17th Jan 2016
I enjoy my green tea every morning when I get up. Heavenly Blue peak has a great flavor and has a very smooth finishing taste.
Posted by Kaitlyn Sommer on 6th Jul 2015
This is my favorite of all of your green tea offerings. I typically enjoy this tea using 180-ish degree water, but have found that it can tolerate higher temperature water if needed. This tea is perfectly suited for multiple infusions, often the second and third cups are even better than the first cup.
Excellent green tea
Posted by Chad on 12th Jan 2015
This is the best green tea I've ever tried. Prepared correctly it has an amazing taste and smell.
A heavenly tea
Posted by Linda McCloud on 23rd Sep 2014
This is my favorite green tea. If I make it right it has the most satisfying aroma and flavor of green teas I have tried. As long as I get the temperature right and the amount right, I am never disappointed in this tea.
Posted by Matthew Henze on 2nd Jul 2014
Outstanding fresh smell and taste. Very satisfied!