what is spring tea
It refers to the tea made from the buds and leaves of the tea tree that germinate for the first time after overwintering. From the beginning of spring to the beginning of Guyu, the tea produced during this period is generally called spring tea, and it is usually produced before the end of May. After a winter of dormancy and nutrient accumulation, the tea tree has sufficient organic matter and abundant spring rainfall, making the spring tea buds plump and rich in substances, and its freshness and fullness are high. Especially Tou Chun tea, contains the essence of the whole spring.
After the beginning of spring, some tea trees in the tea garden have buds, but not all tea buds have grown at this time. Some tea farmers will pick these tea buds that can already be mined, and they have the concept of “head picking”. The concept of head picking in white tea. The most common is the silver needle for the head, which is the silver needle for Baihao that is picked for the first time in the spring.
Tou Chun tea
Touchun tea The first wave of tea picked in spring, as long as it is picked for the first time in the beginning of the year, it is Touchun tea. For famous Chinese teas, Touchun tea represents the highest grade.
The tea picked before the Qingming Festival is called Mingqian tea. The temperature before Qingming is generally low, with the coldness of early spring. This cold weather characteristic makes tea less infested by insects, the buds and leaves are tender, the taste is mellow and the shape is beautiful, the germination of tea trees is small, and the growth period is long. Therefore, Mingqian tea has rich content and good freshness. People often say that “Mingqian tea is as precious as gold”.
tea before the rain
Tea made before the Grain Rain season is called the tea before the rain. Although Yuqian tea is not as delicate as Mingqian tea, but the temperature is high at this time, the buds and leaves grow relatively fast, and the accumulated contents are also richer. Tea farmers often say that “Qingming is too early, the beginning of summer is too late, and the time is right before and after Grain Rain”.