The method of manufacture of this tea is quite interesting. The first and second leaf of new shoots are painstakingly plucked during the end of March and the first two weeks of April, (the bud is used to make special needle teas). These leaves are allowed to wither ever so slightly steamed, and then hand rolled (lengthwise, where a few of the leaf cells are broken allowing some of the green tea flavor to develop). 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. Note that the bottom of the new leaf is covered with a ‘new down’. This signifies new, fresh and pure – characteristics that were held in high regard by those striving for ultimate beauty. 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.