Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Life In Teacup
Production Year: 2010
Production Season: Pre-Spring, January 1, 2010
Production Region: Yunan Province, Xi Shuang Ban Na
Style: Hong Qing (roasted)
This is an amazing cup of tea!
Prior to and during infusion, the tea smells very strongly of vegetables. The brewed liquor is a softer smell, but still smells like vegetables mingling with a light, roasted nut aroma. It’s very intriguing.
The flavor is intense! It has a lovely roasted flavor that resembles buttery chestnuts and roasted vegetables. In the finish, there is a tart/tangy note that seems to waft over the palate. There is more astringency than I am typically accustomed to with a green tea, but, it isn’t hindering me from enjoying the tea.
There is also a beautiful sweetness to this cup… a light, flowery sweetness. It’s really quite enchanting!
I brewed this tea in my gaiwan and I would suggest brewing it no other way! I obtained a vibrant, delicious and fragrant cup of tea with a short brew time of 1 minute. The leaves expand quite a bit so I don’t recommend brewing this using an infuser – there just won’t be enough room for the leaves to completely unfurl, and you’ll risk losing some delightfully impressive flavor.
The leaves submit several infusions. After brewing in my gaiwan, I combine 2 infusions in my teacup, and I managed 3 very flavorful cups (that’s a total of 6 infusions) of this lovely tea! At just $4.50 per ounce, that makes this tea an INCREDIBLE value! I love it when tea is not only tasty but affordable!