5 Teas Perfect for Valentine’s Day Teatime

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, but you still have time to plan and prepare. Don’t leave it to the last minute! Tea is always a good choice, and here are five teas that are perfect for that Valentine’s Day teatime.

1 2009 Wuyi Shui Xian Rock Tea – Ban Yan, Spring Tea

Wuyi oolongs have a reputation for being “slimming” or “diet” teas, but don’t tell your sweetie that or he/she might suspect some implication that you don’t intend. Just let your loved one enjoy the flavor and the moment. Shui Xian (narcissus) is famous for its mellowness and light narcissus floral aroma. This version was harvested in the Spring of 2009 and consists of one bud with two leaves in a tight bar shape. The liquid steeps up a bright golden yellow. Use a gaiwan to get the most out of it (you should be able to get 9 tasty infusions).

2 2010 Spring Handmade Premium Bi Luo Chun Green Tea

The name Bi Luo Chun literally translates as green snail spring. Since Valentine’s Day is also a day full of hope for Spring, this is quite appropriate to serve. Bi Luo Chun is famous for its fruity taste and aroma, said to come from the many peach trees, plum, loquat, guava, almond, and other fruit trees that grow in the area. This tea has a beautiful, high floral aroma, fruity initial taste and wonderful sweet aftertaste that lingers and lingers. This version was harvested in 2010 in a time of year called pre-qingming (before April 5) and consists of one bud with one or two leaves in a tight spiral shape. The dried tea is dark green with lots of silver tea hair. The aroma is fresh, floral, and fruity aroma. The taste is extremely fresh with a long-lasting sweetness and high fruity quality. Steep in a glass cup to put on a real show for your loved one (you should be able to get 3 tasty infusions).

3 2012 Imperial Meng Ding Huang Ya (yellow tea)

Relatively rare, like true love, yellow teas are quite an experience. Yellow tea is made of carefully picked downy single buds and their adjacent diminutive leaves. It’s typically harvested early in the year, before most green teas are harvested, so the leaves are younger and still rolled up into buds, with leaves that are smaller when rolled out. Both the dry tea leaves and the infusion are yellowish green in color. The taste of the tea becomes milder, and is often described as being somewhere between white tea and green tea. The aroma is flowery, fresh and mild.

4 2007 Haiwan Tea Factory “7038” Blend Premium Raw Pu-erh

This pu-erh is as special and unique as your sweetie. It’s a high-grade blend of tea leaves processed in 2007 in the Haiwan tea factory. As with most pu-erhs, this one is free of any bitterness or astringency. That will assure that your love will be likewise.

5 2011 Spring Imperial Yunnan Fengqing Golden Buds Black Tea

Love can be golden, so a golden buds tea is a perfect choice to show your love. This is a gongfu black tea from the traditional black tea making area of Fengqing that requires a lot of work in the processing of the tea. Yunnan black tea is well-known for its high freshness and sweetness. For such high quality, it has little or no astringency at all and therefore, no need to add sugar or honey. The tea was harvested in the Spring of 2011, using big leaves consisting of one tight, plump bud. The dried tea is a golden color full of tea hair with a fresh, high sweetness in the aroma and a bright orange color in the steeped liquid. Linger over each sip and take in the fresh, sweet, delicate & mellow flavor with a long aftertaste. Use a gaiwan, Yixing pot, glass cup, or porcelain pot. It will give your teatime a more intimate feel.

About Janice and Stephen Shelton

Purveyors of Premium Teas
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