Friday, January 4, 2013

Nature's Tea Leaf Huang Shan Mao Feng

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: long, thin and varied shades of green
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 45 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale, almost clear

This was a truly wonderful green tea. It was vegetal with a sweet aftertaste. The flavor almost reminded of sugar snap peas. I thought that it was the perfect balance of delicate and full flavored. The mouth-feel was buttery and there was hardly any astringency. The aroma of the leaves after steeping was intoxicating. My nose was buried in my gaiwan the entire time. Being one to play with my leaves, I loved picking through and finding so many buds. I was able to get three really good steeps out of this tea but probably could have squeezed out a few more. This would be perfect for cold steeping in the summer. I've been neglecting my green tea and it was nice to have a reminder of how much I have left to explore. This is the first tea that I've tried from Nature's Tea Leaf but I was impressed by this offering.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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