4 Tasting Notes
The 2014 harvest of this tea was MIND BLOWING – fantastic! I have been drinking from a half gallon to a gallon of green tea a day, every day, for the past six years and this was one of my all time favorites. It was a lovely, intense green with a rich, almost meaty complexity, with an amazing aroma – smooth and sweet.
That said, the 2015 and 2016 harvests have been disappointing. The Lu Shan Yun Wu from these last two harvests lacks depth and complexity of the former years, the color is not very green, and the only flavor I really get now is smoke. Kind of tastes like a Gunpowder tea in that regard.
Sadly, I cannot recommend the 2015/2016 versions of this tea. I am now going to Amazing Green Tea to get it, but it costs so much more there I cannot get very much.
This is consistently a very nice tea from Teavivre. The value for the price is always amazing. I did prefer last year’s harvest (2015) to this year (2016), but this is a minor distinction. It really is consistently good. Last year the tea had a bit more spiciness to it, and a bit more complexity. But this year it is quite fresh and pure – a very good buy for quality LongJing. I rate the 2015 harvest 95, and this year 90.
Happily, the 2016 harvest is an improvement over last year. Last year it was a pretty good tea, but the packages I had from 2015 seemed overly toasted.
This year, the tea is fresh and balanced and very, very good. It is mildly nutty, sweet and smooth, with a hint of spice.
2016 harvest is recommended. My rating is very high because the quality to price ratio is fantastic.
Flavors: Roasted Nuts, Spices, Umami