Golden Buddha is a black tea from Anxi County, Fujian province, China. It is made from the Mingke 1 (aka Golden Buddha) cultivar, which was invented at the Fujian Tea Research Institute in 1999. This cultivar is ideal for making black and oolong tea.
TeaSource bought the ENTIRE lot of this tea, so we are the only source where you can purchase it retail!
A close-up of the leaf.
Golden Buddha black tea is made by Mr. and Mrs. Tang. Both of them graduated from Fu'an Tea School (this school is nearby the Fujian Tea Research Institute). They were reunited a couple years after their schooling and decided to move to Xiamen, where they have a small tea shop and are raising two kids. They make tea in the spring and autumn and spend the rest of their time selling tea in the city.
Mr. Tang in the field.
Mrs. Tang at their tea shop.
Mr. Tang's uncle
The Tang's are very knowlegdable about tea processing and have experience in the tea fields. They have fully harnessed the character of this cultivar by strongly rolling the leaves and also slightly shaking them during production. This tea comes out extremely fragrant and the leaves themselves are fat and downy.
Shaking the leaves.
Notice the red edges of the leaves after shaking.
Close-up in the withering room
This tea is grown at over 800 meters of altitude and the PH value of the soil is 5.5. These are perfect conditions for this cultivar.
Mr. Tang and his uncle
We hope you enjoy the Golden Buddha!