Monday, September 30, 2013

Shan Valley Valley Green Tea

Photo: Shan Valley
Country of Origin: Mynamar
Leaf Appearance: small, very dark green
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teacup
Liquor: gold

I was really excited to try this tea because it was grown in Mynamar, otherwise known as Burma. What can I say, I'm a sucker for unusual terroirs. Packaged in the standard silky pyramid tea bag, the leaves were fairly dark in color for a green tea. The taste was vegetal yet with mellow with faint fruity notes and just a hint of smoke. Although it was fairly astringent I did not find it unpleasant at all. Sometimes life calls for an easy sipping tea and that is exactly what this one was. An unobtrusive, warming cup of tea can often be just what the doctor ordered. Although not certified organic, the packaging states that the tea is grown without chemicals. My tin will soon be following me to the office so that I can share it with my co-workers. In addition to being a family owned company, +Shanvalley is based in my home state of New Jersey. I've got several other reviews of teas from them so keep an eye out for those in the coming weeks.

You can find out more about this tea here.