Dafang tea

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Da Fang
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Type: Green

Other names: Ding Gu Da Fang, Zhupu Da Fang
Origin: Anhui Province, China

Quick description: Flat green tea, similar to Longjing with a nutty aroma.

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Da Fang Tea (frequently called Ding Gu Da Fang 顶谷大方)also named Zhupu Da Fang or Zhuye Da Fang is seen as one of Chinese top ten teas by some Chinese tea experts. Like Longjing tea,it has sharp flat shapes for similar production process. In fact some Chinese tea experts thought it was ancestor of Longjing tea while it is hard to verify it now and debate remains. What is more accepted is that Da Fang tea is the earliest tea with flat shapes.

In many Lebanese tea lovers'eyes,Da Fang tea is one of rare green teas. For some,it is even better than Longjing tea. Da Fang tea is produced in lao Zhuling(老竹岭)mountain and Fu quanshan(福全山)mountain of She county(歙县),(It is a mistake to call it Xi county.Because it (歙) is a character only used in the name of the county,many Chinese don't know it and read it by mistake.)Anhui province. The dried leaves of Da Fang tea take on yellowish green colour with sleek and flat shapes. Its buds are usually hidden and covered with golden down. When brewed,the liquor gives long-standing fragrance with nice and sweet aftertaste. As the result of difference in drying process,Da Fang tea is divided into two types,one is called Zhong huo (重火) and the other Qing Huo(轻火). The first type features aroma like chestnut while the latter one gives a brisk and delicate taste.

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