Green tea is the most widely planted, largest, and most productive type of tea in my country. In 2019, the production of Chinese green tea accounted for 63.5% of the national tea production, and the planting range exceeded 20 provinces, while other teas only accounted for 36.5%. As long as the provinces that produce tea in China will produce green tea, the well-known types of green tea in tea leaves are far more than other types of tea. The top three provinces in terms of green tea production are Yunnan, Sichuan, and Hubei.
When it comes to where the best green tea is produced, it is necessary to talk about another concept in tea, which is the tea-producing area at 30 degrees north latitude. The area near 30 degrees north latitude is the highest quality tea-producing area in China. This latitude belt and its surrounding areas almost include most of the famous tea-producing areas in China. The temperature zone of 30° north latitude is in the transition zone between subtropical and temperate zones, with four distinct seasons, mild climate, and relatively abundant precipitation, which is also suitable for the growth of tea trees.
As for which places have the best green tea, there is no uniform conclusion. If I were to choose a region, I think the green tea in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River is very good, and the famous tea is more concentrated. Next, let’s talk about some of the more high-quality green teas in the region:
Green Tea from Anhui Province:
There are four famous teas in Anhui Province that have been listed among the top ten famous teas in China. Except for Keemun black tea, the other three are green teas; there are ten famous teas in Anhui Province, and nine of them are green teas. The three most famous green teas are Huangshan Maofeng, Taiping Houkui, and Luan Guardian.
Taiping Houkui: Double leaves hold buds, naturally stretched, mellow and refreshing, with an endless aftertaste, with a high degree of recognition. Taiping Houkui was awarded the title of "Green Tea Tea King" at the International Tea Expo in 2004. It is the best among sharp teas. The best Taiping Houkui has a fresh and refreshing aroma, with a long-lasting orchid fragrance.
Lu'an Melon Tablets: sessile and budless, made from a single leaf, with a high aroma and a sweet taste. It is also the only tea without stalks and buds among all green teas in the world. In the Qing Dynasty, it was the court tribute tea, and the melon slices produced in the Bat Cave Tea Farm at the northern foot of the Dabie Mountains are the most authentic. The best melon sliced tea soup has a high and long-lasting fragrance, fresh and drunk aftertaste, sweet, clear and bright, green, and fresh.
Huangshan Maofeng: The green is yellow, the silver is exposed, the aroma is like blue, the taste is mellow, the shape is like a tongue, and the color is like ivory and yellow. It was created by Xieyu Tea House during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty and is also known as Huichol. Into the cup to brew the mist and top, the soup color is clear blue and slightly yellow, the bottom of the leaves is yellow and green with vitality, the taste is mellow, the aroma is like orchid, and the flavor is deep.
Zhejiang Province Green Tea:
West Lake Longjing: West Lake Longjing is famous for its green color, fragrant, sweet taste, and beautiful shape. West Lake Longjing has long been the top ten famous teas in China. West Lake Longjing is a kind of Longjing tea. The annual output is only about five or six hundred tons. It is known as the "Queen of Green Tea", so the price of West Lake Longjing is also very high. The premium Longjing tea is flat, smooth, and straight, the color is green and smooth, the aroma is fresh and high, the taste is fresh and sweet, and the bottom of the leaves is delicate and blooming.
Anji white tea: Anji white tea, as an albino product in green tea, has a particularly high amino acid content, and it tastes very fresh and has no bitter taste. Anji white tea is also the second most famous tea in Zhejiang Province after West Lake Longjing. After brewing, the fragrance is high and lasting. The taste is fresh and refreshing, and after drinking, the lips and teeth are fragrant, and the aftertaste is sweet and refreshing.
Jiangsu Province Green Tea:
Dongting Biluochun: It is named Dongting Biluochun because it is produced on Dongting Mountain in Taihu Lake. In the Tang Dynasty, it was listed as a tribute. In the top ten famous tea rankings of many authoritative organizations, Biluochun is generally second only to West Lake Longjing. The dried tea sticks after frying are tightly knotted, the pekoe is exposed, the color is silver green, the green color is attractive, and it is curled into a snail.
Nanjing Yuhua tea: Nanjing Yuhua tea is a treasure in tea introduced and created in the late 1950s, and it is also a treasure in fried green tea. Yuhua tea is famous for its greenish-brown color, elegant aroma, and mellow taste. It is said that green tea can flatten, roll, and flower, but Nanjing Yuhua tea is indeed like pine needles. Sip a cup of it, it is refreshing, the teeth and cheeks are fragrant, the taste is mellow, and the aftertaste is sweet.
Jiangxi Green Tea:
Lushan Yunwu: Produced from Lushan Mountain, which is "the best in the world", Lushan Yunwu is the only tea in Jiangxi Province that has been listed among the top ten famous teas in China many times. There are "six uniques" in the clouds and mists of Lushan Mountain: the ropes are thick and strong, the green color is bright, the color of the soup is bright, the leaves are tender and even, the fragrance is long-lasting, and the taste is mellow and sweet. The tea buds are green and moist, the cords are compact and beautiful, and the aroma is fresh and lasting.
Wuyuan Mingmei: Wuyuan County is one of the main green tea-producing areas in Jiangxi Province. Wuyuan originally belonged to Huizhou Prefecture and has had a tradition of producing high-quality tea since ancient times. There are mainly Tezhen, Zhenmei, Fengmei, Yucha, Gongxi, Xiumei and Tea Pian. It's pretty, and it's beautiful. Inner quality: The aroma is fresh and strong and lasting, with the aroma of an orchid, the taste is refreshing, the soup color is clear, and the leaf buds are tender and bright.
Hubei Province Green Tea:
Enshi Yulu: As the only steamed green tea in China, the unique steaming technology makes every tea leaf handsome and tall. Enshi Yulu is one of the top green teas in Hubei Province and once ranked among the top ten famous teas in China. The tangy chestnut fragrance of Enshi Yulu is pleasing to the eye when looking at its shape; drinking its tea soup is refreshing. There is also a faint seaweed smell when drinking, which makes people not only intoxicated.
Henan Province Green Tea:
Xinyang Maojian: The origin of Xinyang Maojian does not belong to the Yangtze River Basin, but it is relatively close to the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It belongs to the Jiangbei-producing area of green tea and is adjacent to Lu'an Guardian. Xinyang Maojian was awarded the title of "King of Green Tea" at the International Tea Expo in 2007, ranked among the top ten famous teas in China, and has maintained the top five in the value of Chinese tea brands for a long time. Xinyang Maojian has a unique style of "thin, round, light, straight, more pekoe, high fragrance, strong flavor, and green soup color".
Although green tea is the most widely distributed, not every province is the most famous type of tea. For example, Fujian province is famous for white tea, oolong tea, and black tea; Guangdong province is famous for oolong tea; Hunan province is famous for yellow tea and dark tea; Yunnan province is most famous for dark tea and Pu'er tea; Guangxi province is famous for dark tea and jasmine tea.
Every province has a lot of high-quality green tea, but the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River are more concentrated, and other areas are more scattered. The large output of green tea does not mean that the quality of green tea is particularly good, and whether the reputation can be achieved is the so-called "not more but more refined".
In addition to the above, there are still many top green teas in other provinces, such as Duyun Maojian from Guizhou; Zhuyeqing and Mengding Ganlu from Sichuan; Mingxian Yuncha from Fujian and other famous green teas. There are also Ziyang Maojian in Shaanxi; Rizhao green tea in Shandong; Lingyun Pekoe in Guangxi; Baohong tea in Yunnan; Guzhang Maojian in Hunan and other well-known green tea products in the region. Now that spring teas from all over the world are on the market one after, those who want to buy high-quality spring tea can act now.
There are many varieties of tea. Thirty or forty years ago, my feeling was green tea in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai, scented tea in the north, and chrysanthemum in the south.
Since the reform and opening up, the material has been greatly enriched and transportation has been very convenient. Some tea merchants took the opportunity to hype it up.
Oolong tea for a while, Pu-erh tea for a while, rock tea for a while, dark tea for a while... Most of you sing and I will come on stage, each leading the way for several years.
Only green tea seems to be enduring and has a large audience. Whether I like West Lake Longjing, Dongting Mountain Biluochun, Huangshan Maofeng, or green tea from other places is more popular.
Because from a health point of view, the production process of green tea, the method and time of storage, and the ingredients it contains are more in line with the health preservation of modern medicine.
No matter how fancy some teas are, most of those teas that are pressed tightly are located in remote and inconvenient places. To facilitate storage and transportation, there are shortcomings in production technology, storage time, and healthy ingredients.
Drinking tea talks about science and culture, both are indispensable, but now there is a lot of emphasis on "culture", which is hype. Focus on one point, don't rush the rest of the preaching, and go deeper into it to fool people.
Seven things to open the door, chai, rice, oil, salt, sauce, vinegar, tea, and tea at the end, that is, material and spiritual enjoyment after food and clothing.
The premise of drinking tea is to drink healthily. Now all kinds of tea are talking about health, health preservation, stomach nourishment, and fat reduction. Many are specious.
Even chunmee tea should try to choose Mingqian tea and Yuqian tea, because the temperature rises, the tea leaves are budding, the insects are dormant without moving, and no pesticides and fertilizers are needed, so it is commendable, only the price is expensive.