What does Lushan Yunwu taste like?
Like other famous and rare Chinese green teas, the flavor is unique, but this tea is particularly noted for a gentle and lasting sweetness.
It is smooth and soft in your mouth.
When do you serve Lu Shan Yun Wu tea?
This Chinese green tea is a rare treat.
The rich flavor and the reputation as a longevity enhancer can tempt you to want to drink it daily.
But I like it better for a time of high quality indulgence without the guilt of calories.
For food-tea pairings, this tea works well with smooth cheeses including brie and gruyere.
It can complement egg dishes, seafood, and lemon chicken.
It is excellent with creamy or fruity desserts.
How do you make it?
First, check the appearance of the leaf for quality.
This tea is plucked from a very slow-growing varietal of Camellia sinensis. The leaves are more stout, and the buds are covered with fine downy white hairs.
The Silver Needle styles can stand upright during brewing and show a little purple on the inner bud leaves.
Steep up to one tablespoon of Lu Shan Yun Wu tea in a good spring water just before the boil.
The liquor in the cup should be a clear pale yellow
Don't waste this tea by using a strainer to remove the leaves. Let the leaves float freely in a glass pot or your cup and just add more water.
It's good for up to four infusions without becoming bitter.
What is the history of Lushan Yunwu tea?
This tea was first made famous in the monumental Classic Of Tea by Lu Yu in 780 A.D., a book that describes everything known to mankind about tea.
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Prized for flavor, sweetness, and as a longevity tea, this variety was an Imperial Tribute Chinese green tea for approximately a thousand years, ever since the Song Dynasty.
The Lu Shan Mountains is an area of great historical significance in China. There are records of the Lushan area going back as far as the Xia dynasty (22th-19th century B.C.). It has been the site of religious schools since the 4th century A.D. The White Deer Cave Academy on Mt. Lu was a world center for philosophy, art, literature, ethics, and religious teachers for over 800 years.
The Lu Shan Mountains area is a fascinating preserve of approximately 350 square kilometers or 123,000 acres, containing waterfalls, caves, and 171 well-known peaks. It is a wildlife preserve and the home of migrating cranes.
This mountain area has been a popular resort area for at least 1400 years.
It was made a world heritage site in 1996.
The poetry of tea
If anyone would know great Chinese green teas, it would be the people who visited Lu Shan Mountain. The poet Bai Juyi of the Tang dynasty wrote about Lu Shan Yun Wu tea:
Are hidden in swirling mist.
Light spring breezes waft perfume.
No wine can touch the senses
Like this tea made with spring water.
How is this tea made?
The buds are hand processed. Variations include additonal leaves beyond the bud have been styled into Chun Mao, Mao Feng, and Yin Zhen presentations. While these are probably excellent teas, I can only recommend the original Lu Shan Yun Wu tea if you can find it.
There are no grades for this variety, only individual garden estate and annual variations.
Plants grown at higher elevations and those pluckings using only the buds are usually more flavorful.
It is also called Mount Lu Cloud and Mist.
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