Monday, December 30, 2013

Wild Tea Qi Organic Green Jade

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: jade green, lots of buds
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: very pale gold

Wild Tea Qi's selections have consistently impressed me ever since I first met them at a tea festival several years ago. Not only are their teas unique but the quality is outstanding. This one was no different. Green tea is admittedly my least explored category so I was excited to jump into this one. The leaves were beautiful both prior to steeping and afterwards. Consisting almost entirely of buds, they were quite plump and fresh looking. The way they floated vertically in the water was also very interesting. The taste was light and sweet with a refreshing and brisk astringency. It was somewhat vegetal, reminding me of fresh, crisp sugar snap peas. The nuances were hard to describe because they were very subtle. This is one that you'll want to be careful of oversteeping with. I almost wished that I had used my gaiwan for that reason but then the leaves were so pretty in my glass teapot. I always love when I see a tea company put their farmers up front and center. Here is what they posted about the farmer who produced this tea:

Tea Masters Cai and Mei Yuan
Living on top of a beautiful mountain in Sichuan about 2,500 feet high Cia 
and his wife Mei Yuan care for an incredible organic green tea garden. 
Raised since children harvesting and processing tea, for them tea 
brings happiness as their daily life revolves around tea. They tea gardens 
they tend are a former Emperor's personal tea garden.  Just one look at 
the quality of their  Green Jade buds and you can see the quality 
craftsmanship that goes into their tea. They produce a variety of 
green teas from several of their gardens which are all on the same 
mountain and certified organic.
Daba, Sichuan, China.

Green Jade sample provided by Wild Tea Qi.