Three Cups Fragrance - San Bei Xiang

Brisk, clean herbaceous flavor
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Item Number:
Sān bēi xiāng
Caffeine Level:
Medium - high
Main Flavor Profile:
Herbaceous & full-bodied
Loose leaf

Tea is named for the 3 wonderful infusions the leaves traditionally offer. Using a pan-firing method called "San Bei Xiang", it results in leaves in various shades of dark green and, at times, almost a silver-gray appearance. A traditional green made in both Fujian and Zhejiang Provinces, it offers a nuanced taste that is both sweet and strong. The tea maker works the leaves in the wok to sharpen the naturally sweet and pungent notes of the cultivar. Our 2022 lot is known as "GuYu" harvest as it was plucked in the second week of April, 2022.

Lot Notes. Harvested early in the season, its flavors are brisk and full bodied in the cup. Leaves are dense and rich in green color. 

Tea Facts. Our lot was made in Fujian Priovince along the border with Zhejiang Province. Control and skill in the firing process is critical to its appearance and flavors. Leaf size and uniformity is important as this creates a smoother taste. The San Bei Xiang style of pan firing is traditional and used to heighten the leaves' natural tastes and aromas. 

Tasting Notes. Note, it has been fired at a high temperature further accentuating its natural flavors. A strong green, it is best steeped on the brief side. Strong, fresh herbaceous notes with some puckering on the palate. It cups clean with a refreshing aftertaste.

Brewing Suggestions. A rounded teaspoon or 3 grams of leaf for 7- 8 ounces of water will steep to a full-bodied cup. Use water around 195F. We recommend a short steep of 1.5 - 2 minutes and taste. Leaves will yield multiple steeps.

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