In a quiet residential neighborhood a 5 minute walk from Nakameguro station, you'll find an idyllic hidden oasis of Chinese tea.
Since the Tang Dynasty, Cliff tea was a special kind of oolong tea that was presented as an Imperial tea reserved for the emperor. We offer more than twenty different kinds of this highest quality tea. Since it's founding in 1988, the tea we serve at Ganchabo has been exclusively provided by renowned tea master Bao Shun Liu. His tea was officially recognized as a Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage! Not only is his organic tea delicious and aromatic, but still makes it in the traditional way and is great for your health.
We also offer handmade dim sum, Chinese dishes, and desserts that go perfectly with our rare teas. We've created a relaxing atmosphere where you can forget about the hustle and bustle of the daily grind while sipping tea.
In the Northern part of Fujian province, there is an area of 36 peaks and 99 cliffs. This combined area is called Mt Wuyi. These peaks rise up from the Cretaceous Period stratum and each are named. Since ancient times, certain hardy tea plants attached their roots to these cliffs, absorbing nutrients and rainfall in mist and sunlight. Growing in harmony with this extreme environment, these tea plants are used to create Wuyi Cliff tea.
In an area of steep cliffs and deep valleys, there is a kind of tea whose name has reached the heavens. The ability to survive in such a barren environment defies the hand of mortal man. One can only imagine that they must have been planted by the immortals. The Song Dynasty literati Fan Zhongyan (989AD-1052AD) wrote a poem about this special tea. According to legend, Cliff tea was enjoyed by the Emperor, and even today it is an uncommon treat to be able to drink these rare teas.
here is a special aroma that arises when the nutrients found in Cliff tea are released through brewing. The taste of ancient cliffs can be experienced when drinking cliff tea. Not only the basic tastes of sweetness, bitterness, and astringency, but the aroma and taste must join their individual characteristics in harmony to result in ganin (yanyun).
This world can only be experienced through drinking Cliff tea.
Caffeine, that leads to bitterness, sweet and sour tastes arising from theanine, astringency born of catechin, iron, zinc, and calcium; can all be found in Cliff tea. The taste and aroma of cliff tea is very deep due to the various minerals found within the tea. Drinking this tea purifies your blood stream and activates zinc to increase the function of the immune system.
The famous poet Lu Tong wrote about becoming immortal after the 6th round of tea, this feeling of rejuvenating the body can be experienced today.
Currently there are three varieties of Wuyi tea, Cliff tea, partial cliff tea, and road tea (tea fields of a lower elevation which can be seen from the road, not tea grown in the mountains).
True cliff tea is grown in mountains over 650 meters tall within the official Wuyi area that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Partial cliff tea is harvested from mountains of a lower elevation or from fields that receive direct sunlight all day. Road tea is grown in flat areas.
These designations where created just prior to the founding of the modern Chinese state in 1921, up until then there were some 800 types of tea grown in this area alone.
Depending on the area in which the cliff tea is grown, its flavor and characteristics will be totally different. To produce the highest quality cliff teas, there must be heavy mist early in the morning, which changes to a sunny morning and a cloudy afternoon in turn. There's a special world within Cliff tea known as ganin (yanyun). At Ganchabō, we only offer you the finest most famous cliff teas in China.
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