Jiangsu province in China is located along the east coast of the country. The name Jiangsu is a contraction of two of its major cities: jiang, short for the city of Jiangning (now Nanjing), and su, for the city of Suzhou. The city of Suzhou in Jiangsu has a special connection to the Tao of Tea teahouse in the Portland’s Chinese Garden. Architects from Suzhou helped to design the garden, which is full of beautiful limestone rocks from Suzhou’s Lake Tai.
Jiangsu is known for its Purple Clayware teapots, also known as Yixing teapots, and for its Biluochun tea. Biluochun — also called “jade spiral spring” — is a small leaf green tea that uses only the new leaf buds of the tea plant and is roasted in such a way that maintains the leaves’ white down fuzz. Rather than pouring water directly onto the leaf, Biluochun is meant to be prepared by putting the leaf into boiled water and watching it spiral downward as it brews. We are working on sourcing Bilouchun for next spring. See Bilouchun being pan roasted here: http://vimeo.com/90279633