China's first 2022 tea harvest... Mingqiang tea
Mingqiang or pre-Qingming Tea
Teas harvested prior to Qingming Festival (or Tomb Sweeping Festival) at the beginning of April are valued for their tender buds and delicate aromas. The first harvest called Mingqiang (or Pre-Qingming) tea after a long winter rest will have a higher concentration of amino acids and lower levels of catechins, making the taste sweeter and more complex.
The quantity of leaves harvested from each tree is very small. For that reason, these Mingqiang Teas will fetch a high price in comparison to later harvests in the season.