First Taste: 2009 Fo Shou

This is the first time we've carried this uncommon yan cha in the teahouse. It's notably greenish with a sweet, slightly hay-like aroma, and it infuses to a golden orange liquor that I found subtly fruity with floral highlights. As you drink it, more florals arise from the back of the palate. It's a straightforward tea, crisp, pleasant, and full of flavor but not too complex, with a touch of astringency. The texture is significant without being weighty.

In the cup you also notice that the leaves are enormous, as much as four or five times the size of most other tea leaves; perhaps that's why the locals named this tea Fo Shou (Buddha Palm). Now available in our online store; coming to the teahouses by the end of the week.

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