Peregrine Mountain 1st Flush
Country of Origin: China
Grade: TGFOP Special (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe Special)
Attitude: 1050m – 1500m above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: One of the best teas to come from Yunnan Province. Vivacious malt highlights underpin a full bodied camellia delight and possess a raw, black character.
Infusion: Bright yellow with golden coppery highlights.
Ingredients: Premium China Black tea
Description: The hills of Yunnan teem with wild animals of all shapes and sizes. Due to the variety and diversity of species, this lush quarter of the world is considered something of a natural museum. One of the more magnificent of these is a bird of prey, the Peregrine Falcon, (Falco peregrinus peregrinator), a bird whose range spans South Asia from Pakistan to India, Sri Lanka and Southern China.
In some of the region’s remote mountain villages the Peregrine Falcon is revered as a sacred and spiritual bird. Now, as is the case with many animals making their homes in one of the World’s most ancient, continually inhabited places, legends about them abound. Naturally, since Yunnan is also home to some of the finest teas grown on the planet, it follows that one of these tales would involve both the bird and the plant.
In fact, according to one such legend, Peregrine 1st Flush Mountain black tea owes its existence to a falcon that lived many centuries ago.
The story goes that one day, a young boy was out hunting rabbits in the hills above his village. Venturing farther up the steep slopes than he’d ever gone before, the boy came across a falcon caught in a type of snare – in those days, it was customary for aristocrats to keep the birds as pets. Clearly someone important had left the trap, so the boy studied the markings on its side.
Discovering that it belonged to a local warlord, the boy found himself faced with a quandary – rescue the bird and face certain death if caught or let the helpless bird die. The boy closed his eyes to think. Suddenly a brisk wind whipped through the forest, carrying with it the pained voice of the falcon. The bird told the boy that if he freed him, he would lead the boy to a great field of undiscovered tea. With this new variety of tea the falcon explained, the boy could earn enough money to pay a great tribute to the warlord and grow wealthy himself. The boy opened his eyes and released the bird who, true to his word, directed him to the new tea.
And so was born Peregrine First Flush Mountain China Black. Over the years, this fabulous tea has come to be regarded as one of the best produced in Yunnan. Manufactured during the spring flush, the cup overflows with malt and possesses a raw, black character. Quite simply a wonderful tea with a fascinating back-story.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7 -9oz/200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher): (to make 1 litre): Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using fresh cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water.
Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. 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 increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some premium quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of premium quality and nothing to worry about.)
Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving): Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea into a teapot for each serving required. Using fresh cold water, boil and pour 6 -7oz/170-200ml per serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea.
Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. Sweeten and/or add lemon to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted. (Note: Some premium quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of premium quality and nothing to worry about!)
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