Tian Jian (天尖, the ‘Tip of Heaven’) is a piece of history. It was once reserved for wealthy merchants and for the family of the Emperor, who appreciated how soothing it is for the stomach after a fine meal.
Even today, in the sorting process, this fine grade of ‘first flush’ tea is separated from lesser grades over traditional, wide bamboo sieves with precisely 82-84 holes.
The lustrous black ‘first flush’ leaves make an earthy, smooth, pure liquor, copper coloured (or maroon, dependent on your preferred brewing time) with just a hint of smoky pine.
Heavenly Buds 2004 vintage can be enjoyed straightaway or placed into storage for further vintaging.