Reviews

What-Cha Yunnan Graceful Purple ‘Zi Juan’ Purple Varietal Green Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark greenish, needle-like
Ingredients: green
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: pale gold

I’ve tried a few different purple teas over the years but never a green one from Yunnan. The look of these leaves drew me to them immediately. They were comprised of mostly whole buds and had the most unusual color. I wouldn’t quite call it purple but they were very dark for a green tea. I wasn’t able to snap a picture but they were really beautiful while brewing. Many of the buds floated vertically and danced about in the pot. The taste was a bit unique for a green tea as well. While there was some grassiness it stayed in the background. Floral notes and a hint of smoke dominated the first infusion. The smokiness softened up a bit on subsequent brews, giving way to a subtle fruitness. These leaves resteeped well enough for me to make another pot or two. I recommend keeping them covered with a bit of water in between infusions to keep the strength going.

For more about purple tea, check out my article on +The Daily Tea – Purple Tea: Innovation or Hype?

Yunnan Graceful Purple ‘Zi Juan’ Purple Varietal Green Tea sample provided by What-Cha.

A photo posted by Nicole Martin (@teaformeplease) on Feb 7, 2015 at 6:09pm PST

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.