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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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From Harney & Sons

A traditional green tea from China. This Chun Mee has a very pleasant taste.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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As can be seen by my prior notes on this tea, I gave my tin to my daughter a year ago. A few weeks ago she called and told me her new favorite green tea was Chun Mee from Tazo. “Didn’t I give you a tin of Harney Chun Mee?” said I. “Um, I don’t think so. I don’t know.”

So today we drove her home following her first LASIK treatment and there it was on the counter, abandoned and ignored. I think the fact that it is loose leaf scared her off. She really only makes tea bags and matcha. So I pulled out her Krups electric kettle, set it for 174F, and steeped for three minutes.

And you know what? It was a lot better than I remembered. She loved it, and says she will definitely be drinking it now. I showed her the easy way to make it with the brew basket that came with the Krups.

The main reason I gave it to her in the first place was that it tastes very similar to the green teas she bought in Budapest and loved, so I thought she should love this one as well. Today she remarked on how “bright” it tasted and that she really prefers unflavored greens and has trouble finding ones that are not bitter to her.

This has held up very nicely indeed.

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I keep meaning to write more reviews than I do. I have a lot I’d like to write about. But it seems difficult to find time to get on my computer. I tried making a review on my phone once and just couldn’t make it work.

This brings me to a tea I’ve mean to review for a while. Chun mee, sold by Harney and Sons. I find this to have a very ‘classic’ green tea flavor, at least to what I thought green tea tasted like when I first started drinking it many years ago. I still really like that flavor, even though I now know that green tea can really vary by where it’s grown. It brews a very beautiful dark yellow and has a very pleasant ‘leaf’ and slightly smokey smell. The taste would reflect this as well.

Even though it’s not an expensive tea, it’s one I would still recommend drinking slowly, preferably with a friend. It also goes very well with Chinese food(many green teas I think are best alone, but this one doesn’t seem overwhelmed by other flavors as easily).

I started drinking green tea around 15 years ago with a random package of Salada green tea. I would think of this as a logical next step for people that started with that, though I think this is much better. Good to drink every day, but maybe not special occasions.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Nothing special, but still a very pleasant tea. It seems to be very sensitive to steep times and temps, so experiment a little.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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