High Elevation Green

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Butter, Flowers, Sweet, Warm Grass, Asparagus, Fish Broth, Seaweed
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 6 g 9 oz / 273 ml

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While Taiwan is best known for its oolongs, its unique climate and terroir is actually perfect for making any style of tea. This rare Taiwanese green tea was plucked from the Qing Xin bush – a varietal bred for its buttery flavors, velvety mouthfeel, and strong floral notes.

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Enjoying a cup of this tea thanks to Azzrian … thank you for sending me some of this!

This is really nice. It took me a few sips to sort of figure it out, because it is different from most green teas … from the dry leaf – these leaves are HUGE! – to the flavor, it is softly vegetal, mostly buttery, and smooth. It has a very delicate flavor. Think a Silver Needle delicateness with the taste of a green tea rather than a white tea. That’s what I taste. It’s very refreshing and light. I like!

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I couldn’t find this one in the steepster database so here we are.
Thanks Azzrian

This one is nice. It’s a mellow-vegetal flavor with a naturally-saltiness almost.

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Large leaves of dark green and brown fill my Gongfu teapot on this beautiful afternoon. This High Elevation Green was a birthday gift from my husband (which was much earlier in the year). I’m currently sorting my tea cupboard to group similar teas together, at the moment my green tea binge has grouped my green teas together for today’s use with this being the first on my list.

The leaves have a mild seaweed like scent, perfumed though heavily mineral and green.

A 30 second steep reveals a light yellow tea that smells like mild flowers and grass. Flavour is floral with light perfume style flavour with some sweetness.

A further 30 second steep reveals a more mineral tasting green tea, albeit remaining light and floral. A little dryness in the after taste. Rather smooth and lightly buttery. Floral wise I liken it to sweet pea.

Another steep which was increased to one minute brings out the dryness. This is by far the lightest of the steeps, though the mild floral and light butter notes remain.

A very gentle green tea with light floral and buttery notes with some mineral green. Not a favourite but a solid light and pure tasting green tea, a nice palate cleanser.

Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Sweet, Warm Grass

170 °F / 76 °C 4 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Smells like pasta sauce…. the herbs in a red sauce that is and literally every time I smelll it I crave pasta and starch. Back to to the tea though it’s a very light flavor (never goes bitter boiling water for 20+ mins still smooth) it travels well since it can not be over brewed and seems to possess very little caffeine (not bitter at all nor does it give me an energizing “buzz”). So depending on what you are looking for in a green tea not bad.

Overall all it was an impulse buy, it being cheap and I have never tried taiwanese green tea before but I wasn’t that blown away I will try gongfu since it is actually a green heart cultivar so maybe I can get some body out of it if I use boiling water and high leaf to water ratio but until I get anything striking it will just be my buffer tea to drink in between stronger teas.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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First steep for 20s:
Incredibly buttery and smooth. Very enjoyable.

Second steep for 30s:
Essentially the same, slightly sweeter.

Third steep for 40s:
Sweeter, but still very buttery, slightly less smooth.

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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This one of two teas I ordered from Mountain Tea’s Black Friday sale. I don’t have any plain green teas in my collection – the closest being some Genmaicha – so I decided this would be a good opportunity to try some!

This tea is different from any plain greens I have encountered. Even the look of the dry leaves is unusual – large, dark and curled. It brews up into a pale green-yellow liqueur. The taste is very smooth, vegetal and curiously salty. It reminds me very strongly of the sea.

I think this tea is quite nice, though I find that it’s more enjoyable in small quantities. I say this because whenever I brew an entire pot, I start out enjoying it, but after a while the taste will become a bit overwhelming. Just an observation, but otherwise it’s a nice change from the usual sencha!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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