Weeping Rose is a fabulous example of the unique teas produced in the Chinese province of Yunnan. Yunnan lore has it that up until World War II, Weeping Rose was originally known simply as Rose Chrysanthemum tea. During the war, as battle raged with Japan, the allied forces built the famous Burma Road to move troops and supplies through China. Starting in India, the road ended in Yunnan province. As the story goes, a local widow named Huan Yue, who worked in a Yunnan tea factory hand stitching the Rose Chrysanthemum tea fell in love with a dashing young British pilot stationed in Yunnan near the end of the war. As their love grew, the woman's heart, which was still saddened by the loss of her first husband, grew stronger and the two decided that once the war ended they would marry. Tragically, this was not to be. One day, the young pilot was called upon by his superiors to fly a secret reconnaissance mission over the Gulf of Japan. He promised to be home that evening for dinner, said goodbye to his lover, and flew off as day broke over the horizon. As the day wore on, Huan Yue began to sense that something was wrong. Night fell with no word from her beloved pilot. Grief stricken, Huan Yue curled up in front of her cooking fire and went to sleep. That night her pilot came to her in a dream and told her that he had been shot down over the Gulf. The next morning, Huan Yue went back to the factory. As she began to sew the delicate rosebuds into the tealeaves, she began to weep uncontrollably, her tears falling into the tea. From that day on, the tea was called Weeping Rose in honor of her lost love.
An exquisite "white tea" character with delicate rose hints. The finish is reminiscent of plum blossoms.