Saturday, October 21, 2023

Tea Review: Yunnan Zhu Ye Qing Green Tea (Yunnan Sourcing)

Yunnan Zhu Ye Qing Green Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
Type: Green
Origin: China, Yunnan Province, Simao
Product Description:
This tea was picked from the first flush of spring harvest high in the mountains of Simao. These tender young buds were processed in a way that is similar to how other premium small-leaf tea varietals (like Emei Sichuan Zhu Ye Qing) are processed elsewhere in China, but as this is from a large-leaf tea varietal of Yunnan (Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica), it retains some distinct characteristics and a bolder large-leaf taste. This tea is high in tannins which give it a penetrating vegetal aroma and a strong "umami" flavor which coats the mouth and throat.

These leaves are best brewed in a clear glass or cha hai which shows off the tendency of the leaves to line up vertically, some floating at the surface and others sinking to the bottom.
Temperature: 175°
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of hay, wood, and sweet oats. 

The pale peach yellow liquor has a rich and savory aroma with notes of nuts, edamame, and snow peas.  The taste has notes of nuts, sunflower seeds and light edamame with just a hint of astringency in the back.  

This tea had a lovely savory flavor throughout three infusions with a slight mellowing by the third.  It has the flexibility to handle a slightly hotter water temperature or a longer steeping time with good results.

This tea was received as a gift from a third party.

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