Heavenly Blue Peak (Tian Mu Qing Ding)

Nuanced, offering some nuttiness & naturally sweet.

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.  Harvest date: April 2018.  Lot # S-8.

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, 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, naturally sweet cup with a very nice & lingering mouth feel in the finish. Harvest Spring 2018  Lot #8.

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.

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Item Number:
G-TMQD-O-8
Province:
Zhejiang
Type:
Green
$42.50
per
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  • 2
    Not much flavor

    Posted by Elsa on 26th Jul 2018

    I like a little bit more in my tea so I found this pretty boring. I bought this with Empress Green and Wild Green and they are both much better, to me. I am also a fan of Drum Mountain.

  • 5
    Best tea at Silk Road

    Posted by Chad on 9th May 2018

    Low caffeine very tasty smooth tea with almost zero astringency. This is my go to morning tea it wakes you up without causing any jitters . I go through over a pound of this a year just for myself. Steeps well up to 4 or 5 times and still tastes great. I've been ordering this for 4 years and the quality has always been consistent.

  • 5
    Refreshing and invigorating

    Posted by Steve Taylor on 25th Sep 2017

    Very smooth taste with a nice green vegetal flavor and almost no astringency. Comparable to the drum mountain clouds and mist but at a lower price point. Will absolutely order more in the future. Thank you for sourcing wonderful teas!

  • 4
    Best green so far

    Posted by teo alexander on 24th Jul 2017

    This is the best green tea we have had so far from Silk Road. We are very satisfied with it. It is a smooth cup, with hints of pear and apricot. Not too grassy. We also like that we can get three good brews on it before changing.

  • 5
    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.

  • 5
    Fantastic

    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.

  • 5
    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.

  • 5
    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.

  • 4
    Outstanding!

    Posted by Matthew Henze on 2nd Jul 2014

    Outstanding fresh smell and taste. Very satisfied!