Jade Pillars – Yuzhu green tea
Excellent Yunnan green tea hand-rolled into one-inch-long stalks. This tea has a very soft and refreshingly mellow taste without a trace bitterness.
Why we like it?
As an artisan tea, Yuzhu is above all praised for its visual appeal. Yuzhu has a very soft and refreshing taste that is meant to be subtle. It was crafted to impress.
Roman’s personal score: 80/100
Miha’s personal score: 72/100
The scores above represent how the Daoli co-founders Miha and Roman feel about each particular tea. The ratings are given on 0 to 100 scale and are absolutely subjective. We simply translate into numbers our first impression about this tea.
General steeping suggestions
Tea can be steeped in a tea pot, gaiwan, or a strainer placed right in your cup. Feel free to experiment with time, temperature, and quantity. If tea feels a bit strong or bitter, just use less leaves or steep it for a shorter period of time.
The purpose of the first brew is to rinse the leaves, so it shouldn’t last more than five seconds and should be discarded. Pour the hot water again. This time, steep it for longer periods. Avoid leaving the leaves soaking in water between brews, because it makes tea taste bitter and steals a lot of its flavor. If used properly, about six grams of tea leaves can yield several middle-size cups of excellent tea.
Chinese people enjoy the original taste of tea, so they never use milk, sugar, or lemon.
Gongfu steeping suggestions for yu zhu
Start with this, then experiment:
- one serving: 4-5 stalks
- water: ~ 80 °C, 100-250 ml (~ 175°F, 3-9oz)
- time: 30-120 seconds
- number of infusions: 3-4
- discard the first brew (after 10-15 seconds)
This tea is very forgiving – you can steep it for 2 minutes and it wont turn bitter. In fact, to make the most of this tea, you should brew it in a high glass or a glass pitcher. Don’t put too many stalks in. Four or five per average-size glass will be enough. This way the leaves will be floating freely in the water, allowing you to watch them gradually restore their original shape, color, and texture. Make sure to use very clean water with low mineral content to fully appreciate all the nuances of this elegant green beauty.
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