Three Cups Fragrance (San Bei Xiang)
Tea is named for the 3 wonderful infusions the leaves offer. Using a pan-firing method called "san bei xiang", it results in leaves in various shades of dark green to a silver-gray sheen. A traditional Fujianese green, it offers a nuanced taste that is both sweet and suggestively astringent. This is due to the fact it is made using a varietal that is strong and flavorful. The tea maker seeks to create tension between the sweet and pungent notes the leaves can & will yield. This tea is complex, offering a multi-level taste profile. Harvest date: April 2016.
Why we selected this particular lot. Lots of 3 Cups begin to show in the market within the first week of the harvest. We look for what is described as a "sweeter" side tea. As the varietal is quite strong, the firing process can soften the astringency and bring forth more sweet notes. We found these attributes in this lot. The leaves are elegantly and slender and uniform in size and curved in shape. It makes for a very good 3 Cups!
Tasting notes. This lot is to the "sweeter" side of this tea style. It is higher fire softening some of the pungency of the varietal. This is a strong green and perhaps is best steeped on the brief side and taste. It cups clean and offers a nice aftertaste.
Brewing suggestions. A level tablespoon or 3 grams of leaf in 8-12 ounces of water will steep to a full bodied cup. Use water at about 195 degrees F. We recommend a short steep of 2 minutes and taste the tea. Leaves will yield multiple steeps.
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TCF is made using a "san bei xiang" pan-fire process.
One of the darker color Fujian greens. Cups green-yellow.
Posted by Derek on 31st Jan 2016
This tea has a bite. Not a lot of complexity, but, pleasant. I drink this tea when driving and can get numerous infusions in while a stop for gas or to go the bathroom, (because a drink so much tea).
Three Cups...Maybe Even Five!
Posted by Taylor on 20th Jan 2016
I'm slowly but surely getting into fine Chinese tea, so I'm no tea pro, although I definitely can taste the difference from a quality purveyor like Silk Road Teas. Specifically, this green has just blown me away by the flavor, quality, and complexity. The tea notes SRT has provided here are pretty accurate -- grassy and green veggies on the first cup, then a little bit sweeter with some toastiness each time. Brewing this in a gaiwan has easily given me five infusions, but I think I could have gotten one or two more before losing quality. Also delicious cold.