Buddhist Tea (Fo Cha)

Handcrafted, basket roasted, extra sweet. 

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 2018.

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.  The basket firing technique requires attentiveness and quick movements as the leaves can easily be over-fired. 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, grassy flavor, with a light note of early spring asparagus; soft and sweet on the palate with a lingering finish. 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.

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Item Number:
G-BT-O-8
Type:
Green
Province:
Zhejiang
$42.50
per
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  • 5
    Excellent

    Posted by Sarah Llywellyn on 30th Jul 2018

    Green grass and floral aroma. Distinct but mellow flavor. If you like Green tea this is an outstanding choice

  • 4
    Tasty and vegetal

    Posted by Unknown on 16th Mar 2018

    This tea has a delicate mouth feel and has yet a nice taste profile. I think it is good. It is not as strong as I thought but has a supple and soft taste. I enjoy green tea that is rather strong and this is a little lighter and it has an interesting flower after taste which surprised me. Since I am a guy with not the best taste but this I could taste. Never tasted a green tea with flowery vegetal notes like this one. Also, it is a forgiving tea which is good for me. As far as value is concerned... I can say it is between average and good. But I think organic tea has this profile.

  • 5
    great tea

    Posted by Unknown on 1st Aug 2016

    one of the best green teas ever

  • 3
    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.

  • 5
    Buddhist Tea

    Posted by Matthew Henze on 6th Apr 2016

    Great flavor, leaves have a bright green attractive color when brewed.

  • 5
    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.