Another Tuesday and another spring 2014 green tea from Teavivre, here at Built from Ink and Tea. Today's Premium Huang Shan Mao Feng green tea embodies freshness!
Teavivre recommends making this tea one of two ways. Either a large amount of leaf (relative to the amount of water) can be used, along with shorter steepings, or longer steepings can be coupled by more standard, Western leaf-to-water ratios. I opted for the later and used about two teaspoons of tea in twelve ounces of water, which had been boiled and then allowed to cool for five minutes. After four minutes of breathing the aroma of tea, while it steeped, my cup was ready.
I first observe that the aroma is very light. Yet, it is present, and the light, floral notes are very intense. Any vegetal notes are minimal at best, and nuttiness does not exist. Present grassiness follows a vein of sweetness that reminds me a bit of hay.
When I take my first sip, I understand how the light aroma translates to taste. At first, flavors may seem subtle, even nonexistent. But a large sip, held in the mouth and allowed to pass over the whole tongue, gives me more of a feel for the complexity. Sweet floral flavors are slightly more forward than the grassiness or hay aspect. This tea finishes very bright, leaving a clean and sweet aftertaste. The cup goes down easy, but I find myself needing to focus intently on the tea to enjoy what it has to offer. By no means is this a bad thing, as there are times when this is precisely what I desire to do. However, I recommend giving this tea your full attention, when you drink it. You will then receive full enjoyment thereof.
On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate Teavivre's Premium Huang Shan Mao Feng a 94/100.
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