Tea from Hubei China: Review

Enshi Yulu Tea

Enshi Yulu is produced in the Selenium City of the world: Enshi City, Hubei Province. It is one of the few steaming green tea still preserved in China, and the processing technique and tools are quite old, very similar to what was recorded in Lu Yu’s The Classics of Tea.

Plucking requirements of Enshi Yulu is very strict. Bud leaves must be evenly delicate and thin; the mature tealeaf should be tight and evenly straight, with the color of bright green, shaped like the pine needle. After brew-up, the clear and light tea water tastes mellow, with a refreshing aroma, and you will find the bottom appears to be green as jade. “Three Green (tea leaf, tea water, tea bottom)” is its notable characteristics.

Enshi Yulu is chosen from the national standardized demonstration base of organic tea, selecting single bud. It adopted the steaming technique in Tang dynasty that could best preserve nutritional components in fresh leaves of, together with the modern clean production technology reserving its nutrition, making drinkers get the essential nutrients of human body to guarantee people’s health.

Caihua Maojian Tea

Caihua is a county located in western part of Hubei Province. Stretching over the transition zone of Jianghan Plain and Yungui Plateau, this county is surrounded by hills covered with abundant vegetation. According to the The Classics on Tea, good tea can be found at the southern hills in Xiazhou, namely, the Caihua County.

Over the decades development, tea plantations have already become the pillar of Caihua economy. The sheer tax extracted from tea industry takes up 50% of the total revenue in Caihua county.

The tea leafs of Caihua Maojian are tender green, everlastingly fragrant, and extraordinarily narrow. Steeping with steamed water, the water will be dyed with light yet bright green luster.

Wufeng Tea

Wufeng Tujia Autonomous County is located in the southwestern border of Hubei Province. Throughout Wufeng, almost everywhere you lay your eyes on are endless mountains and hills.

The tea culture of Wufeng can be dated back to the 3rd century A.D., when full-fledged tea plantations had already taken roots in this area. As it recorded in The Classics on Tea, the tea tree in Basha, namely Wufeng, is fine plant in the south.

Growing in central China with mild temperature and moist air, Wufeng Tea is rich in zinc, iron, and many other mirco-elements that are beneficial to human body.