Green Bamboo Shoots (Zhu Ye Qing) hails from Sichuan's famous Emei Mountain, a buddhist mountain surrounded by lush, bamboo forests. Emei itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site, honored for its breathtaking scenery and vibrant cultural environment.
Naturally, its signature green tea is spectacular - entirely composed of hand-plucked, Spring buds. The buds are meticulously processed for uniformity and their consistent beauty is what inspired the name.
The honor of naming this unmistakable leaf was granted to visiting general, Chen Yi, at the buddhist Temple of Ten Thousand Years, who was blown away by its impressively bold flavor. Its superiority was rewarded in 2005 with a first prize at "China Tea Cup"...
Green Bamboo Shoots has a comparatively young history, but it is made up by a stimulating quality unmatched by other green teas. Aromas of honey and steamed long beans are coupled with a rich vegetal bouqet, then finished with an aftertaste of juniper, peas, and asparagus...
Notes: honey, peas, Chinese long beans
Infusion: 180ºF / 82ºC for 1 minute
Origin: Emei Shan, Sichuan Province, China
So how many cups is 50g of tea? Or 1lb of tea leaves?
The appropriate amount to use depends on the size of the teapot, teacup, or gaiwan, and how much water is being applied. Typically, an average serving of tea in a small-medium vessel is about 4-6 grams. Experienced tea drinkers will often use 6-8 grams per serving - with shorter and more frequent infusions.
Therefore, a 50 gram pouch of tea should be good for 8-12 servings of tea. Depending on the type of tea, however, the leaves can withstand several "steepings", so that 50 gram pouch should allow for 24-50 cups of tea! And, since a pound (lb) is about 450 grams, a properly steeped pound of tea should produce several hundred cups of tea!
Quantity of Tea
Cups of Tea*
*often depending on the technique of the tea master, time per infusion, and thirst of the drinkers