This Premium Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea arrived today in Tea Vivre’s 2014 Spring collection. Oh! and with a lovely silk scarf! Wow!!
Let’s see what’s inside. I open the packet and inhale. Green. Sweet, sweet green, flowery buzz! It’s really intoxicating! Not grassy though. A little floral, and a little like fresh baking. The leaves are thin, twisted wires.
I’m using a gaiwan, so rinse the tea first and then steep for 30 seconds at 80 degrees. It’s very light… a very very pale off-clear colour. It barely looks like tea! The leaves are BRIGHT green, though!
The first sip is very mild, and yet, stronger than it looks. How can I explain that? It’s creamy, nutty, like chestnuts, with a hint of grass and lima beans?! There’s a little floral perfume-y taste, but no bitterness at all. It’s very subtle and clean and I’m left with a somewhat nutty taste, like pecans. It’s so delicate, I think some people wouldn’t taste it at all.
I leave the next steep quite a bit longer. 3 minutes. It still has almost no colour. Hm… Now it tastes a bit grassy. The perfume is gone.
*UPDATE* August 13, 2014
Tried this tea again… WOW!! It’s so MUCH BETTER this time!! I used more leaf and steeped it longer. No rinse! About 2 minutes later, it is INCREDIBLY pure, sweet, smooth, and creamy!! Not vegetal, Not lima beans, Not grassy. Just clean, delicate sweetness with a hint of floral perfume. There’s a tiny bit of astringency at the end. NOW I see why this is such a highly rated tea. It’s very fine. But you need a lot! And you need to steep it long!! 30 seconds just won’t do! BEAUTIFUL!!!