Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Shan Valley First Flush Green Tea 2013

Country of Origin: Myanmar
Leaf Appearance: small, dark green
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 185 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teacup
Liquor: greenish gold

I previously reviewed and enjoyed +Shanvalley's Valley Green. While that tea is harvested year round, this one is made from the first harvest of the year. The two are very similar but the first flush leaves a bit more of a refined impression. It was still mellow and vegetal with a mild fruitiness. The smokiness that I had detected in the Valley Green was just barely present here. No sweeteners are necessary as there was very little astringency. Although this is their reserve tea it is really quite affordable. It would make a great daily drinker, especially for keeping at the office. My sample was packaged in a pyramid tea bag but it also offered as a loose tea. I definitely think that I'll be picking some up once the weather warms up because I think that it will make an excellent iced tea.

First Flush Green Tea Sample provided by Shan Valley.