Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tea Review: Chunmee (The Jasmine Pearl)

Chunmee
The Jasmine Pearl
Type:  Green
Origin:  China
Product Description:  Chunmee brews a sweet cup that has notes of dry plum and hints of smoke. This loosely-rolled Chinese green tea yields a slightly darker liquor than many green teas. A longer brew yields a strong cup, great for your morning tea ritual. For an afternoon pick-me-up, brew less time to yield a pleasantly lighter brew.

Chunmee means "precious eyebrow" in Mandarin. It is named as such for the shape of the tea leaf, like a carefully shaped woman's eyebrow.


Temperature: 185° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of sweet hay, fragrant cut wood, and clover.

The infusion is light golden green with an aroma that is buttery, nutty, green, and toasty.  The taste is smooth with low astringency, lightly grassy, with notes of soybeans and a clean finish.

The green flavor and astringency increase with a slight increase in water temperature and the smooth, buttery, toasty notes become more prominent with slightly lower temperatures.  At 185° F, both sides seem to come out equally.  Multiple steepings provided flavorful results.



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