Friday, November 22, 2013

Little Red Cup Tea Company Green Mao Jian

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark green
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: gold

It's been a while since I have tried anything from +Little Red Cup Tea Co. so I was excited to dive into this one. It was delicately vegetal and sweet with just the right amount of mild astringency. There was a vague floral quality but I think that their description of green meadow notes and light forest scents was very accurate. The leaves were beautiful to look at, especially while steeping. They quickly expanded and looked like they had just been picked. My second infusion was just as delicious as the first. I left the tea steeping without an infuser basket for over an hour and the brew never turned bitter. This tea is both organic and fair trade certified. In case you missed it the first time make sure that you check out my interview with Martin Connelly from this great little company. In a recent blog post about their three newest teas, Martin explains that the fair trade premiums were going to help put in a modern concrete latrine and to purchase a truck for the cooperative.

Green Mao Jian sample provided by Little Red Cup Tea Company.