Buddha Tea, 1/4 lb package
Buddha Green Tea | In Pursuit of Tea
Buddha Green Tea | In Pursuit of Tea


This tea is grown in a constant sea breeze on the highest point of Zhoushan Island.  We discovered Buddha tea, named after Kuanyin (one of China's most patron saints) years ago on a trip to the region. This unique style is little known and exemplifies a quality Chinese green tea.
Picked in the Spring, the flavor and leaf appearance show the level of craftsmanship, which is also apparent through multiple infusions. We love the sweetness and 'umami' character of this exceptional tea.
Country: China
Region: Zhoushan Island
Tasting Notes: nutty, sweet flavor, rich and savory

Stock Status:(Out of Stock)

Product Code: GC317


In Spring 2006 we visited some of the islands in the East China Sea, southwest of Shanghai. We reached the island by jet boat - with a loud Chinese movie playing the whole way (another version of the video coach which is so popular in India). One can also take a ferry if time is plentiful. Tea has been grown here since the Tang Dynasty, one thousand years ago. The island of Putuoshan, which is where Kuanyin (bodhisattva of mercy and love) is said to come from, is the most famous of the group.

One Thousand Years of History

Planted one thousand years ago during the Tang Dynasty, this green tea is grown on an island in the East China Sea. Picked in March '06, it has a sweet flavor and beautiful small leaves. The lingering finish of this tea is wonderful, we are happy to offer it this year.

Perfect Leaf-and-Bud Sets

Buddha tea, so named because of the region, is grown in a constant sea breeze on the highest point of Zhoushan Island. Once resembling an eyebrow, a classic tea-leaf shape, the leaf's appearance was modified in 1979, and now the perfect leaf-and-bud sets are processed in a small island factory with 16 owners. We are the exclusive distributor for this tea in the U.S.

Kuanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Love

Learn more about the legend of Kuanyin and the tea she inspired.

  • Start with your favorite spring or filtered water. Preheat the teaware. Use a large strainer basket to allow the leaves to open and release their flavor.
  • Temperature: 180 F               Time: 2-3 minutes
    3g / 6 oz serving = 1 tablespoon
  • Play with the amount of tea, the water temperature, and steeping time to re-steep - rely on taste, not color. Get to know the tea! Try it gong-fu style - use a lot of leaf and short steeps for multiple infusions.
  • For more about brewing tea, visit our Brewing Notes page.

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