Country of Origin: China
Grade: Meng Ding Huang Ya
Altitude: 1500m above sea level.
Manufacture Type: Semi fermented and handmade.
Cup Characteristics: A premium early spring tea perfect for all day sipping. The cup is smooth, refreshing, and clean.
Infusion: Bright, golden infusion.
Ingredients: Premium China yellow tea
Description: This wonderful tea, although it comes from Yunnan province, actually gets its name from the world famous Badaling section of the Great Wall of China – if you’ve ever been to China, you can’t miss it. Built during the Ming dynasty, Badaling was the first portion of the wall to be restored for the purposes of tourism. It’s magnificent towers and great masses of brick stretch along a range of mountains at an elevation of 1000 metres through five counties northwest of Beijing. The name Badaling, translates literally as “stretches in all directions,” and comes from this geographical position.
So, how did a tea originating in Yunnan, located to the south of Badaling, end up sharing its name? Well, it’s quite a long story. It goes something like this.
A Yunnan girl, the daughter of a local tea farmer who lived about 300 years ago fell in love with a young guard on leave from his post near the Badaling wall. The young man reciprocated her love and the two decide to marry. His plans however did not impress his commander in anyway shape or form; he had signed on for a 15 year contract. The young guard was made to return to Badaling, where he pined for his sweetheart for the next 5 years.
With another 5 years to go, he could stand the heartache no more and decided to make a break for it. Packing up one cool spring night, he crept off into the forest near the wall. Tragically, his commander captured him and had him beheaded. Upon questioning the young guard’s barrack mates, the commander learned of his plan to try and escape to be with his beloved. The commander, as you may have already guessed, was a cruel man, and so sent the young guard’s body back to Yunnan in a pine box. The girl received the pine box from Badaling just as she and her father were processing a recent harvest of Meng Ding Huang Ya, their prized grade of yellow tea.
As she wept, her tears fell on the baskets of freshly plucked leaf. Seeing her sorrow, the girl’s father declared that henceforth, his prize tea would be known as Badaling Yellow in honor of the young guard. The rest as they say is history, and as we mentioned, a much longer story.
One sip of this superb tea will tell you that the farmer couldn’t have picked a finer tea upon which to bestow the honor. Hand picked, hand sorted, and hand processed, Badaling Yellow is a wonderfully light tea with a smooth flavor perfect at any time of day.
One can almost taste the history in the refreshing, clean cup. The infusion has a profound depth with a slight grassiness, and nutty undertones that become more pronounced with each sip. Before brewing, note the slight waxy quality of the leaf, the result of the unique hand process – each tiny sprout measures roughly 5 mm in length – truly a beautiful tea. Raise a steaming cup today in memory of lost love.
Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly- about 3 times. The secret isto use water that is about 90ºC. Place about 1-1 1/2 teaspoons in your cup, let the tea steep for about 3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment – do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low – add more water, and so on and so on – until the flavor of the tea is exhausted.
Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 litre): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.[A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]
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