The art of collecting and processing Song Luo tea has relatively strict rules. Collection usually begins during the days of ‘Rain in the fields’ (Gu Yu – 6th solar season, from about 20.4.). Only fine fresh leaves are collected – bud and two-three leaves and bud and three-four leaves.
Fresh leaves must be inspected and too large leaves, old leaves, tea fruits, seeds, stems, etc. must be removed. Collection and processing is basically the same as for all pans processed green teas.
During the Qing Dynasty, the famous poet Wu Jiaji even wrote a collection of poems ‘Songs of Song Luo’, which, as the name suggests, is entirely dedicated to the celebration of this exceptional tea. There are many references to Song Luo tea in history, especially to its healing effects. It is worth mentioning a quote from a 17th century book characterizing this tea: “The fundamental difference between Song Luo tea and other teas are three important points – the color is clearer, the aroma more pronounced and the taste sweeter.”