Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tea Review: Chunmee Special Grade 1 (Metropolitan Tea Company)

Chunmee Special Grade 1
Metropolitan Tea Company
Type:  Green
Origin:  China, Zhejiang Province
Product Description:  The shape of the leaves is reminiscent of an eyebrow, hence the word “mee or mei” which means eyebrow. Chunmee translated is “Precious Eyebrow”. The leaves are hand-rolled in a traditional fashion and pan-fired requiring great skill since the final tea is considered a work of art. Patience, great hand coordination, temperature control and timing achieve a fine jade color leaf and mellow yellowish brew. Full bodied, delicate flavor with toasty notes. Mellow smokiness lending to sweet tobacco or plum character.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have a sweet aroma of clover and hay.

The infusion is golden with a floral aroma.  The flavor is flowery, green, toasty, and mildly astringent in the first steeping with a clean finish.

I found the first cup a little strong and believe a slightly shorter steeping time (1.5 minutes) would produce very fine results.  Second and third steepings at the shorter time were wonderful with very little astringency and nice toasty notes that had been hidden in the first steeping.

This was tea was provided as part of a workshop.  

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