Yu Ya Jade Buds

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Origin: Xiaoguan Village, Xuan’en County, Hubei Province, China
Cultivar: E-Cha #1
Harvest: Late March, 2023
Elevation: 1000m

This is an amazingly stimulating green tea known as Yu Ya “Jade Buds”. It is produced from the single-bud plucks of a tea bush cultivar localized to Hubei known as E-Cha #1. This cultivar has a complex tannin profile with woody, herbaceous and fresh evergreen aromatics when the first growth is harvested during the cool temperatures of the early spring season. E-Cha #1 is so strong that we only make “Jade Buds” single-bud green tea in the springtime. Then it is designated for making gongfu red tea.

Yu Ya is a traditional and exclusive production of classic green needles “Lu Zhen” which is a local type of brisk and energizing pine needle-shaped green tea from the Hubei Province. The high mountain, rocky gardens and special soil structures of Xiaoguan Village offers us amazing and pristine organic green teas. Since 2005, we have traveled to this area and are taken by the commitment of the local people to steward real organic agriculture from soil to overall management of not just their tea gardens but all the foods, produce and animal husbandry in their villages. 

Traditional Preparation
Add 4g-5g tea per 350-400ml (11-12oz) water into a glass teapot.
Use water cooled to 180°F.
Infuse for 3 minutes.
Repeat for another 3+ infusions. Increase the steeping time by 30 seconds with each additional infusion.

Xiaoguan Village, Xuan’en County, Hubei Province, China

Tasting Notes
Evergreen, bright, bittersweet, umami, red cedar and sandalwood

Organic green tea

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I’m pretty excited to be traveling to Hubei province (albeit a different county), where this green tea is produced. It’s made from one of the same cultivars I’ll be working with, E Cha, at the co-operative tea farming village that One River Tea is a part of. Saturday night I fly out! This has been a pretty stressful process and that feeling might not ease until I meet the folks of One River Tea at the airport, who will also have a SIM card for my phone. I will be traveling to a completely foreign country for the first time ever alone. Even if things go awry, I can figure out where and how to catch the 5-hour train ride from Wuhan to Enshi. But once in Enshi, getting to the village is another feat that will require a 1.5-hour? taxi ride. So much is out of my hands. It’ll all work out, though, even if plans get bumpy. Right? RIGHT? Haha. Of course it will as long as I stay cool :)

Speaking of cool, not only is the purpose of this note to release some stress, but it is also to share what a delicious cold brew these tiny leaves make! It’s got some of that dark, mossy energy that a hot brew does, but with my parameters of 7g:1L for 24 hours, this has a bright, fruity taste to it that’s not present in western or gongfu steeps. Good stuff. And the leaves instantly sink to the bottom of any brewing vessel. Why do I value such a thing in tea?


It sounds like this will be quite an adventure! You’ll have to keep us updated on your trip if you have Internet access.


That sounds soooooooo awesome!!! I definitely have tea adventure on my bucket list. Please bring a journal with you and give us details! Safe travels!


I have taken to reminding myself that as long as I’m alive and experiencing something on the planet, things are working out. Take snacks.


You adventurer, you! Praying for safe travels.


Wishing you all the travel luck!


This sounds amazing! Enjoy your travels! :)


Praying for safe travels and lots of memories that make you smile for the rest of your life!

Martin Bednář

It is kind of adventure! I would taking part in something similar too. I hope everything goes well and smoothly to you!


Sounds like a fun adventure. Safe travels!


Thanks y’all and drink good tea!

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