Friday, August 13, 2010

Chicago Tea Garden Lu Mu Dan Flowers

This tea features hand sewn rosettes of spring-picked Huangshan Maofang tea leaves. It almost had the appearance of a tiny bouquet of seaweed. I wasn’t sure where to go with the brewing parameters for this tea so I played it a bit safe. I steeped this tea in a glass tea pot with 180 degree water for three minutes. The liquor was a bright yellow color and had a sweet vegetal aroma. After steeping the tea leaves plumped up and turned to a brighter, more uniform shade of green.

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this tea tasted. It was sweet and vegetal with just a bit of smokiness at the end of each sip. It wasn’t as showy as a regular flowering tea but it more than makes up for that in the taste department. I left the rosette in the water after pouring my first cup and it didn’t make any of my subsequent cups bitter at all. I’d love to experiment to see if this tea would be able to tolerate higher water temperatures. I would definitely recommend this tea.