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Panda Green

120,000 buds make just one kilo of this exotic tea.
Rarely available outside China, this outstanding pre-Quingming tea is very special. Handmade using only the plumpest buds and first baby leaf, it is perfect on a hot summer’s day; intense savoury notes of raw green bean and baby dandelion leaf. From Si Chuan province, home of the Panda.

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GBP £ 22.50
£0.84 per serving

40g bag. Price based upon a 3g serving, infused twice

Panda Green

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Although one of the most popular teas in China due to its exceptional quality, very little is exported so few people have had the pleasure of tasting it in the West.

Our tea is grown at elevations of up to 1500 m on E Mei mountain and is made with carefully handpicked 1 bud and 1 leaf. The tiny, fresh leaves are gently wilted in bamboo baskets before being heated and pressed in a hot wok. It is a very early spring tea, picked before the rains.

The tea first gained notoriety in the 1960’s (although it had been made for centuries before) when a minister of the communist party visited the area and took a liking to the tea. When asked what he wanted to name the tea he said it must be named ‘Green Bamboo Leaf’ or ‘Zhu Ye Qing’ as it resembles fresh baby bamboo.

This is the first time we’ve been able to offer Panda Green on our website, and we have just 5kg in total. Incredibly refreshing and savoury, it is unlike any other green tea we have.

Other Names - Zhu Ye Qing, Green Bamboo Leaf

Chinese Name Zhu Ye Qing
Country China
Year of Production 2016
Origin E Mei Mountain, Sichuan Province, China
Plantation Altitude 1500m
Varietal Xiao Chuan Cha Varietal
Aroma Sweet floral
Tasting Notes Supremely refreshing and predominately savoury with notes of raw green beans and dandelion leaf
Quick Brewing Instructions 1-2 tsp to per 250ml; water temperature must be cool around 75°C. Infuse 1-2 mins. Reinfuse multiple times.