Ancient Handcrafted Shaiqing Micro-lot #2 Ancient Handcrafted Shaiqing Micro-lot #2

Ancient Handcrafted Shaiqing Micro-lot #2Garden Direct Organic Green Tea

makes 30 cups

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USDA Organic


Cultivar: Menghai Broad Leaf 
Elevation: 1,400 - 1,850m Harvest Date: March 24 - 28, 2017

A 2017 Garden Direct Series exclusive! This impressive collection features seasonal micro-lots of single-origin teas we source and import directly from artisan tea farmers. Available for a limited time, these handcrafted teas were selected through real time micro-lot tea cuppings during our 2017 origin travels.

Shaiqing is a rustic sun-dried green tea from Yunnan. It is the base tea for both Sheng (raw, green) and Shu (ripe, dark) styles of Pu-erh tea. Sheng Pu-erh is made by blending and compressing Shaiqing loose leaf teas into cakes or other forms. Shu Pu-erh is made by pile-fermenting Shaiqing teas for 85-120 days. 

Our Shaiqing is made from ancient tea trees that are hundreds of years old. Each tree is grown from seed and therefore totally unique. Like old vine wine, Shaiqing made from old trees has a rare depth and complexity. It is best enjoyed using the Gongfu Cha brewing method to yield numerous infusions. 


Yunnan, China

Tasting Notes

This micro-lot has a balanced flavor profile with refreshing, aqueous purity and delicately sweet hints of Lily of the Valley emerging in later infusions. 


Organic green tea.

Traditional Preparation

Guywan Brewing Guidelines:
Water Temperature: 200°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: Fill 25% of a porcelain guywan with tea
Briefly rinse leaves with hot water. Discard water.
Repeat with a second rinse. Discard.
Steep Times: 1st infusion 10 seconds, 2nd infusion 20 seconds, 3rd infusion 30 seconds, subsequent infusions about 40 seconds

Guywan Brewing from Rishi Tea on YouTube.

Standard Brewing Guidelines:
Water Temperature: 200°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces
Steep Times: 3 minutes (1st infusion), 4 minutes (2nd infusion), 5 minutes (3rd infusion)

We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tea leaves and the length of the steep time to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.