Take those few moments while steeping your tea to consider its journey. Rooted in history and culture, every leaf has been artfully handled by farmers. In an effort to connect the sip to the origin, Adagio Teas created their “Roots Campaign" so that tea enthusiasts have the opportunity to meet the famers producing the teas, and learn more about the region and story behind producing each tea. Adagio noted, “The Roots Campaign seeks to promote the artistry of these hand-produced teas and highlight the efforts of individual growers.”
After having reached out to the Association of Tea Bloggers, Adagio offered members (including myself) a sample of Pi Lo Chun green tea along with an interview with and photos of the featured farmer. Bringing even more meaning to my steeping process, I carefully opened the bag for a peek at the beautiful leaves from Fujian, China “made from tender buds, hand-plucked and rolled.” The fragrant aroma of the dry leaves is rich with sweet apricot and grassy notes.
As the tea steeped for two minutes in 180 degree water, I clicked on the link to read about the farmer who artfully produces Pi Lo Chun green tea, Huang Jian Lin. With only a cup of the steeped sip in my hand, I immersed myself in Huang’s stories and words. One particular comment pushed my imagination and palate to think beyond the taste and visualize the region, “Tongting lake is a beautiful place for growing pi luo chun. Of course some other places can also grow this tea. But not as tender and pure as ours. This is because the special area we have. We have mountain and lake which keeps the field wet and suitable for tea trees.” Huang also shared a few steeping secrets: “use glass cup to brew the tea. Do not use teapot with lid. Because pi luo chun needs more air for brewing.”
Soaking in his words, I took a moment to close my eyes and really taste the tea. This full-bodied green tea is singing with floral notes that walk the line of delicately sweet and subtly smoky. It’s a truly elegant taste that warms and brightens the palate with lingering sweet and earthy notes.
To read more other tea enthusiasts' thoughts on this delicious sip of Pi Lo Chun and Adagio’s Roots Campaign, visit the following blogs (members of ATB):