Anhui Green Root Tea / Green Silver Needles

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Apricot, Butter, Creamy, Grain, Mineral, Nutty, Smoke, Smooth, Soybean, Squash, Stonefruit, Sweet Potatoes, Thick, Vegetal
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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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2020 Spring Harvest – Lu’an City, Anhui Province, China

A cloudy and unusual Chinese Green Tea. The pan-fried leaf of this famous green tea has a distinct melon seed shape, producing a vegetal liquor with notes of sweet potatoes and citrus juice. A mild and reviving green tea for gentle, slow mornings.

A legendary favorite tea of emperors and dignitaries including the empress Dowager Cixi and Henry Kissinger. Known for its unique single leaves, Anhui Green Root Tea is processed by pan-frying over low heat, making the leaves curl into melon-seed-like shape, with a refreshing, invigorating, and complex flavor.

Originally named Liu An Melon Seed Tea, Anhui Root Tea is a unique type of Chinese green tea produced in Liu An County in Anhui Province in the middle part of China. One of the oldest teas in China, it has been highly praised by tea connoisseurs from the Tang Dynasty and was chosen as a special gift for Henry Kissinger during his first secret visit to China in 1971.

Tea Notes
• Appearance: Cloudy, champagne hue
• Aroma: Baked potato skin, vegetal, citrus juice
• Flavour: Baked potato skin, lemon oil, light vegetal, cucumber
• Mouthfeel: Thick, oily. Lingering tanginess, citrus aftertaste.

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Kiani Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 17

This is a very interesting one.

The leaves are a beautiful green, but it steeped up a pale golden color. The flavor reminds me a bit of Long Jing, nutty and a bit creamy with a buttery note. But there’s also a rich squash-like flavor to it, or maybe sweet potato. There are subtle hints of mineral and smoke as well, and a touch of stonefruit at the end of the sip. It’s somewhat vegetal, but in a creamy edamame sort of way.

Overall, a yummy and very rich tea! It almost tastes like some sort of fusion between green, white, and Yunnan black teas.

Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Creamy, Grain, Mineral, Nutty, Smoke, Smooth, Soybean, Squash, Stonefruit, Sweet Potatoes, Thick, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Adventaggedon Day 17: Tea 7/8

I decided to brew this grandpa style in the middle of my day, to try and cut through some of the richness of the other tea and sweets I had been enjoying, and that might not have been the best brewing method because it got very bitter very, very quickly and I just found myself turned off by the bitterness and astringency. Though, there was a slight floral quality at first that I didn’t mind!

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