what is spring tea
It refers to tea made from the buds and leaves of the tea tree that first sprouted 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 generally produced before the end of May. After a winter of dormancy and nutrient accumulation, the tea tree has sufficient organic matter and abundant rainfall in spring, which makes the spring tea buds plump, rich in material and full of freshness. Especially the early spring tea, which contains the essence of the whole spring.
After the beginning of spring, some tea trees in the tea garden have sprouted, but not all tea buds have grown at this time. Some tea farmers will pick these tea buds that have already been picked, with the concept of “picking the head”. The concept of white tea picking. The most common is the head silver needle, which is the silver needle of Baihao picked for the first time in spring.
Tou Chun tea
Touchun tea The first wave of tea picked in spring, as long as it is picked for the first time at the beginning of the year, it is Touchun tea. For famous Chinese teas, Tou Chun tea represents the highest grade.
The tea picked before the Qingming Festival is called Mingqian tea. The temperature is generally low before the Qingming Festival, and the early spring is cold. The characteristics of this cold weather make the tea leaves less infested by insects, the buds and leaves are tender, the taste is mellow, the shape is beautiful, the tea tree germinates small, and the growth period is long. Therefore, Mingqian tea is rich in content and good in freshness. It is often said that “Tea in the Ming Dynasty was as expensive as gold”.
tea before the rain
The tea brewed before Grain Rain is called Yuqian Tea. Although Yuqian tea is not as delicate as Mingqian tea, the temperature is higher at this time, the buds and leaves grow faster, and the accumulated content is also richer. Tea farmers often say, “Qingming is too early, Lixia is too late, and the Grain Rain coincides.”