What can I say, I’m a total sucker for fresh spring harvests (xincha).
This green is superb and it trumps the 2016 Wuliang mao feng. Nice pungent apricot/peach blossom aroma. Much more robust than I expected. It went for more than 6 steeps – and still had good flavor. There’s a hint of smoke that reminds me of its rural origins, rather than dominating the fruit, floral, and crisp notes, IMO. It has that wonderful, penetrating cooling sensation that i associate with sheng pu’er.
The delicate leaves are a gorgeous shade of jungle green and are a bit broken, but that doesn’t seem to effect the drinking experience. Tea liquor is very clear and with a jade hue (hence the name?).
Big shout out to Scott for sourcing such a broad range of fresh greens.