Outside of Hangzhou, we visited an organic tea farm with some incredible views and incredible tea. After lunch and tea in her family home, Tea Master Zheng invited us up to the roof, where we sat in a Buddhist shrine with the resident Master, who overlooks the tea fields…”overlooks” but also blesses water that is distributed over the tea trees (yes, really!).
Master Zheng’s tea is completely organic; no chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used on their farm. A high quality harvest is assured by integrated farming techniques, including fertilizer rotation, interplanting of osmanthus trees, and limiting the harvest to only six weeks out of the year. We have been fortunate enough to taste the fruits of their labor here at the shop…and it is quite impressive. These teas hold up to any we tasted in Zhejiang Province.