There is good reason that royalty was associated with the finer things in life. Kings and government meant taxes, and if gold couldn’t be had, your locality paid in other forms. If your locality was recognized for horses, you worked to contribute your best horses as a form of tax. The emperors of China were no different. Throughout the centuries, various teas became recognized as “tribute teas.” His royal person then had the privilege of drinking these tribute teas or offering it as gifts.
- Long Jing (dragonwell)
- Bi Luo Chun
- Huangshan Mao Feng
- Liu An Gua Pian
- Xinyang Maojian
- Duyun Maojian
- Lushan Yunwu
- Junshan Yinzhen
- Tie Guan Yin
Further research of your own is still advised before acquiring these teas for yourself. For example, Xinyang Maojian originates from Henan province. Similar maojians from other provinces attempt to imitate the style and flavor. Accept substitues at your own risk, but just as when choosing wine, be mindful that life is considerably brief to spend time drinking poor tea. Follow the lead of kings and seek tribute teas.
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