China Beauty Rings
The first and second leaves of new shoots are painstakingly plucked during the end of March and the first two weeks of April. These leaves are allowed to wither, ever so slightly steamed, and then hand rolled. Following the rolling, the best leaves are selected and curled around a ‘beauty stick’, pressed flat and then dried in a special oven to lock-in the flavor and preserve the unique shape. There are only two villages in the Mount Meng region, which make these teas. These two villages are the holders of the ‘beauty sticks’; sticks that the favorite consort of a 13th century Emperor blessed with her beauty.