Gan Zao Ye (甘枣叶) or Wild Jujube Tea is a herbal tea made from wild jujube plants picked in the spring of this year in Laoshan Village area of Shandong. Laoshan Village is also the home to some wonderful green and black teas. Wild Jujube grows at an altitude of 600-1000 meters and is picked in the month of April and May.
The taste is soupy and very thick, it has notes of barley, jiaogulan-like sweetness, and long-lasting rich taste. The aroma is fruity and very sweet, filling the room with a baked fruitcake type aroma.
Our Imperial Grade Gan Zao Ye is picked when the leaves are young and tender in April and May and then carefully processed to preserve their fine state. The Classic Wild Jujube is larger leaf than the Imperial grade, and also has a more robust flavor and thick tea soup. Some people will prefer this one to the Imperial Grade we offer here
Strainer Brewing - 85C Spring Water - Put 6 grams in a strainer atop a glass cha hai (公道杯) and slowly pour the water over the tea letting it drain into the cha hai. Keep adding water slowly until the tea loses it's flavor.
Gong Fu Brewing - 85C Spring Water - Put 5 grams per 100ml gaiwan or glass teapot and brew with a 10 second infusion for the first steeping, then add 10 seconds for each subsequent infusion.