3 Tasting Notes
Not sure why it’s called Silky Green—it’s definitely an oolong. This is an amazingly flavorful tea. I actually brought it in my purse to the LA tea festival and had James Norwood Pratt smell it. I wanted to know—could this be unflavored? He said yes. And Bird Pick has since updated their description in the store to confirm it has no added ingredients.
BUTTERY. Silky smooth. If you steep for 3 mins, it smells and tastes like buttered popcorn. Going gong fu style, it’s still plenty silky and buttery, but more vegetal. Love this one, and the leaves are humongous!
Toured the Zealong tea estate in New Zealand in Nov 2016 and bought 50 grams of this tea afterward. It’s priced high ($31 for 50 grams) but I believe the cost of their operation is quite $$$. They are the only tea estate in NZ and when it gets to freezing temps, they fly a helicopter over the fields to push warmer air down and protect the tea for as long as it takes until the temperature comes up. Tea does not grow naturally in NZ obviously because of the freezing temps.
Chestnut aroma. Creamy. Floral and sweet chestnut flavors. Delicious. Steeps 4-5 times for me gong fu style.
From the Bana sampler pack I purchased. Excellent raw. Very well balanced. Somehow it had everything: light, floral, fruity, creamy, buttery. Starts off soft and silky. A tiny and pleasant sheng bite developed as I got into the 3rd steep, but less than I’d expect for something less than 3 years old. The two times I’ve drank it I’ve tasted notes of green pepper, creamy green bean casserole, or fruity juiciness like grape. I have more detailed notes on my blog https://runawaytea.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/a-taste-comparison-of-the-same-tea-with-different-water/. It tasted different with spring water. I would purchase this tea. It lasts about 7-8 steeps if you do the last ones for several minutes. Wish it lasted longer. Medium cha qi. Not too harsh on my stomach.