Friday, January 11, 2019

Tea Review: Island Green Tea (Mauna Kea)

Island Green Tea
Mauna Kea
Type: Green
Origin: Hawaii, Honokaa
Product Description: Young tender leaves, picked and pan-fired for a fresh sweet flavor.

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

The dry leaves have a rich aroma of sweet oats, barley, and dark brown bread with a faint hint of flowers.

The light green infusion has a sweet, savory, and nutty aroma with a hint of marine/nori.  The taste is smooth, sweet, and nutty with a light vegetal (snow pea) finish.

Three infusions produced sweet and nutty results and I would expect to get at least a couple more similar steepings.  I also oversteeped an earlier infusion for approximately 5 minutes and the results continued to be nutty and sweet with floral notes moving to the front, yet only nominal astringency.  This is a tea that welcomes experimentation with  time and temperature.  On a personal note, I had meals with rich brown bread and snow peas over the holidays, so finding these notes that I associate with winter in a fresh green tea that should remind me of spring was a pleasant surprise.

This tea was purchased by me.

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