En Shi Yu Lu
Imperial Grade Pest.Free

Imperial Grade 99 P.

Premium tea from one of the most renowned tea farms in Enshi. The Enshi Grand Canyon is located at an elevation of 1,100m, and is one of the most beautiful and pristine natural areas in China. Pesticide-free farming. 40g.
  • Steamed (Yulu, catechin preservation), not pan-roasted
  • Expertly hand-rolled (shourou 手揉), to break open cells
  • Hand-picked (shoucai 手採) and sorted
  • High natural selenium concentration of all teas (typical of the Enshi region)
  • Highly bioavailable, free forms of selenium (amino acids and polysaccharides)
  • Alkaline, mineral
  • Newly bred cultivar for the region: zhenong 117
Character Very savoury, full-bodied, mineral, complex, slightly smoky, delicately sweet, fruity, with notes of forest honey
Tea Garden A well-known family-owned farm in Enshi that is highly reputed among Chinese tea connoisseurs
Terroir Enshi, Tong Pen Shui, Hubei, China
Harvest Ming Qian (1st spring harvest), end of March 2022, hand-picked
Cultivar Zhenong 117 (100%)
Elevation 1,100m above sea level
Steaming Stop of oxidation through deep steaming, ca. 60 seconds (Zheng Qing 蒸青)
Macrobiotic/TCM Balanced yin/yang
Processing Method 6-10 hours withering after harvest, then like Japanese sencha: steaming, hand-rolling, drying
Organic Cert. Pesticide-free cultivation, certified organic in China (COFCC) since 2008
Grade 99/100 p. (Enshi Yulu category); Imperial Grade

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€522.50 / 1kg
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Tea Farm

The privately operated tea farm is located in an idyllic natural landscape at a high elevation looking over the picturesque Enshi Gorge in Hubei. The farm is one of the best reputed in the region.



Original Enshi Yulu green teas are a rarity. In China, these teas are ranked among the top 10 most respected teas, but they are hardly known or available in the West. Most foreign markets outside of China often only offer low quality Enshi Yulu, or poor imitations from other regions. The traditional production methods (steaming and rolling), as well as the extremely selenium-rich soil in Enshi, give this tea its special character.

Our Enshi Yulu is directly sourced from one of the best terroirs in the region that benefits from an elevation of 1,100m. Only the young buds and finest leaves of the 1st spring harvest are selected for this Imperial Grade. This tea impresses with its full-bodied and balanced bouquet. The extremely high content of selenium lends the tea a strongly mineral, slightly smoky, and striking character. Via steaming, the catechins and bitter substances of the tea leaves are retained and more easily steep into the tea as a result of leaf rolling. The leaves are expertly rolled by hand in a meticulous process that speaks for the quality of the tea production. A modern and optimised cultivar is further grown to emphasize the nutty chestnut aroma and long, sweet aftertaste. This notable yulu tea is a perfect accompaniment to cakes and other desserts.


Light green, fine needles with silvery white buds


Light jade green

Chinese Green Tea

Chinese green tea is distinctive on account of the roasting of the leaves (青鍋 Qing Gu = Kill Green) after harvest, which halts the oxidation process and lends the tea its typical nutty/buttery flavour. There are many different styles and production methods of Chinese green teas which vary by form, colour and flavour. The place of origin is a deciding factor, as many Chinese green teas are rooted in highly individualised local tea cultures.

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Cultivation & Processing

This exquisite green tea is an original Enshi Yulu. Enshi is famous for its agricultural products, especially its high-quality, special teas, which are regarded as among the best green teas in China. Tea has been cultivated in Enshi since the Tang Dynasty in the 6th century.

Yulu means "jade dew", and refers to the delicate jade colour of the cup. This is one of the few teas in China that is still steamed and rolled. Although this method was adopted and became popular in Japan, Chinese teas are typically roasted in a pan or oven rather than steamed. Many so-called Enshi Yulu on the market are imitations that frequently do not come from the region, are not properly steamed, or are even roasted to alter the taste of leaves taken from the second or third harvests rather than the first.

Our tea is directly sourced from a tea farm in one of the top terroirs of Enshi, located at an elevation of 1,100m and surrounded by forests. The region is foremost characterised by Enshi Grand Canyon, a river gorge that is mostly protected as a national park. The breath-taking landscape and fresh air of Enshi attracts thousands of tourists every year. Furthermore, the soil in Enshi constitutes one of the largest natural selenium deposits in the world, and this trace element is present in a relatively high concentration in the tea plants.

The regional climate completes the range of conditions that make Enshi a prime location for growing first-rate tea. The average annual temperature is 16°C, and 240 days of the year are frost-free with an average humidity of 70-80%. With approximately 1,370 hours of sunlight and 1,500mm of rainfall, the climate can be described as humid and subtropical. The bracing climate with significant temperature fluctuations between day and night, as well as sun and fog, helps the tea plants to develop a high nutritional content.

Once ready for harvest, the tea goes through the following stages:

1. Hand-harvest only on sunny days, sometimes well after sunrise to avoid the morning dew
2. Withering for 6-10 hours in well-aired bamboo baskets
3. Steaming for approximately 60 seconds to stop oxidation
4. Cooling of the leaves so that they do not overheat in the next stage
5. Shaking of the leaves under a hot air vent to make them soft
6. Gentle rolling by hand
7. Final rolling to ensure uniformity of the needles
8. Drying to 5% residual moisture, and quality sorting

Single Origin

This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned tea farm in Enshi.  Sourced directly from the tea farmer.


Brewing Guide

2 heaped tsp. per 100-300ml (70°C) water. Steep for 2 minutes. Suitable for several infusions.

For a tea rich in minerals and trace elements, use 80°C water and steep for 2-3 minutes.


High quality, airtight, resealable standing zipper pouch with 9 protective layers to preserve flavour and protect against oxidation and contamination.

Recommended Teapot

The ideal teapot for the traditional preparation of Enshi Yulu is a yixing teapot made from brown or black clay. Alternatively, a black tokoname kyusu with a ceramic sieve or a glass teapot with an integrated sieve can be used, so long as the leaves are able to freely drift around inside the pot.

Recommended Storage

Ideally store in a quality tea caddy made from cherry tree bark (wooden, kabazaiku chazutsu) or an airtight, double-coated metal tin.

Laboratory Tests

The purity of our formulas is important to us. This is why we have both our raw ingredients as well as our finished products extensively tested by independent laboratories to confirm purity and active ingredient content. Here, we have provided the results of some of the tests carried out on this product.

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