Three Cups Fragrance - San Bei Xiang

Brisk, clean green tea notes

Tea is named for the 3 wonderful infusions the leaves traditionally offer. Using a pan-firing method called "San Bei Xiang", it results in leaves in various shades of dark green and, at times, almost a silver-gray appearance. A traditional green made in both Fujian and Zhejiang Provinces, it offers a nuanced taste that is both sweet and strong. The tea maker works the leaves in the wok to sharpen the naturally sweet and pungent notes of the cultivar. Tea is "GuYu" harvest, plucked in the second week of April, 2021.

Lot Notes. 

Brisk green tea flavor to the cup as this lot was harvested early in the season. In this early harvest date, we found compact leaves and higher levels of green tea flavors and aromas. 

Tea Facts.

Our lot was made in Fujian Priovince along the border with Zhejiang Province. Control and skill in the firing process is critical to appearance and flavors of this cultivar. Leaf size and uniformity is important as this creates a smoother taste. The San Bei Xiang style of pan firing is traditional and used to heighten the leaves' natural taste and aroma attributes. 

Tasting Notes

Note, it has been fired at a high temperature further accentuating the tea's natural flavor. A strong green, it is best steeped on the brief side. Strong, fresh herbaceous notes with some puckering on the palate. It cups clean with a lasting aftertaste.

Brewing Suggestions

A rounded teaspoon or 3 grams of leaf for 8 ounces of water will steep to a full-bodied cup. Use water at 185-195 degrees F. We recommend a short steep of 1.5 - 2 minutes and taste the tea. Leaves will yield multiple steeps.

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  • 5
    Still the best!

    Posted by Rhino on 14th Feb 2021

    Discovered this tea about 4 years ago and can honestly say, still the best green tea I have ever tasted. Have tried many other varietals, but this one is king. Buy with absolute confidence!

  • 5
    Sharp and strong

    Posted by Jared on 16th Jan 2020

    full bodied and sharp taste. can get multiple steeps from this. And... has a wonderful aroma. I really am happy for the price point and value.

  • 3
    Nice tea

    Posted by Thomas Dorfman on 29th Sep 2018

    It's a nice tea, but much weaker than the last 3 times I bought it... One cup only! Not three.

  • 5
    Multiple Steep

    Posted by on 16th Apr 2018

    excellent slight green tast not astringent. use multiple steeps. I like strong tea this is good to the 3rd cup

  • 5
    Best Green Tea on Earth!

    Posted by Rhino on 28th Sep 2017

    Amazing green tea with soft, sweet notes. There are so many choices of green tea and you will not go wrong choosing this one over the rest! A great, everyday drinking tea. Even my wife who is not a huge fan of green tea loves three cups fragrance!

  • 5
    3 cup is one if the best for multi steeping

    Posted by beachcombers on 21st Feb 2017

    Great color and taste. Really strong if you over steep, but great in 2 minutes. Has real green taste and that's great for any time if day.

  • 5
    strong tea

    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).

  • 5
    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.