Green Tea Meitan Cuiya
WHAT IS MEITAN CUIYA?

Mei Tan Cui Ya, also called Meijiang Cuiya, is produced in Meitan of China’s Guizhou Province, which is known for the largest contiguous tea fields in western China. 

“Cui Ya” refers to the jade-colored tea buds of the dry tea leaves, which are shaped like sunflower seeds. The tea leaves are picked by hand in early spring – around Chinese Qing Ming Festival which falls around the beginning of April. It takes more than 80,000 fresh tea buds to make a kilo of dried tea! Once picked the leaves are left in the shade to dry about three to five hours before processing to allow slight oxidation to take place. 


HOW DOES IT TASTE?

Meitan Cuiya has a soft and fresh fragrance and the taste is tender and gentle with hints of sweetness, accompanied by a bright light yellow colour.

WHY MAKES IT SO SPECIAL?

With its subtropical climate and unpolluted clean air, Guizhou is ideal for growing high-quality tea. The soil in the Guizhou Plateau is rich in zinc and selenium, and the favorable soil conditions highlight the nutritional values in tea. The province has mild average temperatures with excellent rainfall – ideal conditions for growing green tea. 

The growth cycle for green tea in Guizhou is fairly long because of the high altitude. While the shorter cultivation period in other areas contributes to higher yields, Guizhou’s green tea absorbs more nutrients during a longer growing period, making it a premium brand.