Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark green, somewhat broken
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass infuser
Liquor: buttery yellow
‘Clouds & Mist’, also known as Yunwu, is the introductory Chinese green tea for many people when they first get into loose leaf. It certainly was for me. You’ll sometimes see it referred to as ‘green gold’. The name refers to the mountain mists that can be found where tea grows at higher elevations.
The Tea Spot shared theirs in a recent batch of samples so I was excited about enjoying a fun throwback sip. This particular tea hails from Zhejiang Province. If you’ve ever had gunpowder green tea, you’ve most likely already tasted tea from Zhejiang. Anji Bai Cha is another one of my favorites from there.
The dry leaves of The Tea Spot Clouds & Mist were dark green with a twisted and curled shape. They were somewhat broken but that is typical of this style of tea. I noticed a pleasant toasty aroma when I opened my sample packet. I prepared this tea using The Tea Spot’s recommendations in a glass infuser. My water was 175℉ and with a steep time of 3 minutes. I kept the parameters the same for the second and third infusions. The leaves unfurled beautifully in the water so I was glad that opted for a clear vessel.
The Tea Spot Clouds & Mist brewed up a buttery yellow liquor. It was smooth and sweet with notes of citrus and a slightly smoky finish. Subtle floral notes danced in the background. It was not bland but pleasantly light with very little astringency. This tea was vegetal, as you might expect from a green tea, but not overwhelming so. Overall it was a comforting and easy drinking green tea. It re-infused surprisingly well. I didn’t notice any loss of flavor or body in later infusions.
I would definitely recommend giving this tea a try. If you were a fan of Teavana’s Emperor’s Clouds & Mist, The Tea Spot Clouds & Mist will make a fanastic replacement. That tea was from Anhui but they are extremely similar. Although you can get sachets, this tea will give you more servings for a much more affordable price. It is also certified organic so you can be sure that no pesticides have been used.
Have you ever tried The Tea Spot Clouds & Mist? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!