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 considered one of China's top ten teas by some Chinese tea experts. Like Longjing tea, it has sharp flat shapes for similar production process. Some Chinese tea experts believe Da Fang Tea is an ancestor of Longjing tea, but this is difficult to verify and debate remains. It is more accepted that Da Fang tea is the earliest tea with flat shapes.

In many Lebanese tea lovers' eyes, Da Fang tea is one of the 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 Guanshan (福全山) mountain of She county(歙县), Anhui province. (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 read it incorrectly.) The dried leaves of Da Fang tea take on a yellowish green colour with sleek and flat shapes. Its buds are usually hidden and covered with golden down. When brewed, the liquor gives a long-standing fragrance with a nice and sweet aftertaste. By using different drying processes, 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 a chestnut-like aroma, while the latter features a brisk and delicate taste.

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