Organic Five Peaks Green Dew Green Tea
From the Hubei province in China, this organic tea is produced at high elevations and is also known as Green Jade and Jade Cloud. With dark green, needle-like leaves that are finely rolled, this organic and Fair Trade Certified tea has a light-bodied brew with low astringency, a slight sweetness, a kelp-like vegetal quality and a lingering, pleasant aftertaste. Its unique sweetness is unlike other grades of Chinese green tea such as Mao Feng which are also needle-like in appearance.
Ingredients: organic Chinese green tea
Origin: Xuan En Yisheng Tea Co-op, Hubei Province, China
Hubei is located in central China and most famous for its Three Gorges Dam in Yichang. Its humid subtropical climate has four distinct seasons, ranging from cool to cold winters to hot and humid summers. This fluctuation in temperature allows its tea plants to have a particularly long dormancy, which have a greater accumulation of essential oils in its first flush. Located in Southwestern Hubei where the Qingjiang River connects with the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, the Xuan En Yisheng Tea Co-Op is situated in part of the Wuling mountain range where 70% of the land is covered by forests. Certified organic in 2006 and Fair Trade in 2007, most of its 1200-strong membership is from the Enshi Tujia ethnicity. The co-op has voted to use their Fairtrade premiums to build a hospital, provide health insurance, and construct tea factories, among many other initiatives.
At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend green and white teas to be steeped for 2 to 3 minutes in water heated to not-quite-boiling, just as bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pan (approximately 170 to 180 degrees F). For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!
"For those of you who remember our Jing Mai Green Tea, this Five Peaks Green Dew Green Tea is the closest equivalent we have found!"
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Like all true tea, green tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels.
Green tea specifically is known for its array of health benefits, which have been supported by a growing number of studies. Green tea research has demonstrated that it may be an effective anticancer agent for breast cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer and prostate cancer, among others. Studies have shown a link between green tea and weight loss, and the ability to modulate energy metabolism, aid in body fat regulation, and possibly promote preferential loss in abdominal fat. Research has also shown that green tea may increase performance for short term memory tasks, as well as being increasing potency of antibiotics. Other peer-reviewed studies link green tea to healthy skin, help with lowering cholesterol, and regulating diabetes. It’s important to keep in mind that many of these studies monitor subjects who drink several cups of green tea per day.
For more information about the health benefits of green tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!