Friday, March 22, 2013

Tea Review: Lucky Dragon Hyson (Metropolitan Tea Company)

Lucky Dragon Hyson
Metropolitan Tea Company
Type:  Green
Origin:  China, Zhejiang Province
Product Description:  Hyson translates to “Flourishing Spring” and this particular varietal imparts the fresh green character you would expect to be a part of any springtime tea experience. Traditionally hyson referred to old to medium leaves (leaves below the new growing shoots at the top of the bush) manufactured in a rolled long twisted and sometimes almost clam shaped. The term ‘young’ was added to the nomenclature to distinguish that the tea was made from young leaves (new shoots) and therefore better quality and better tasting. Greenish yellow colour. There is good body in the cup and smooth fresh greenish tasting liquor.

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

The aroma of the dry leaves is sweet, a little flowery, peppery, and reminds me of freshly cut grass on a warm day.

The pale yellow infusion has an aroma that is a green and flowery with a similar lightly green and flowery taste that's also just a little toasty. 

Everything about this tea was light.  The aroma was light, the taste was light, the color of the liquor was light, the astringency was so light it was almost undetectable, and the finish was light and clean.  This tea is wonderfully delicate and a longer steeping time should really bring out the fresh and spring-like aroma and taste without becoming bitter.  I loved the heady dry leaf aroma which reminded me of the early days of summer.




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