[Spring 2020 harvest]
Here’s another Yunnan Sourcing green tea that I rolled the dice on this spring. This one turned out to be my least favorite of the bunch.
The leaf appearance reminds me of eyelashes. Extremely thin, delicate pale green leaves covered with small flecks of white. Dry leaves have a pine and tree sap aroma that becomes pungent when dropped into a heated vessel.
I steeped it grandpa style using 180 F water in an 8oz mug with 1.3g of leaf initially, then upped to 2g as the flavor was too light. The brewed tea had some pine and eucalyptus aromas but tasted fairly nondescript. Light vegetal notes which were overpowered by the accompanying bitterness. Flavor was slightly better gongfued but more or less the same. Once again, more bitterness than flavor. Resorted to cold brewing it to finish up what’s left and it does okay as long it’s blended with a flavored tea. On its own, the cold brew isn’t great. Stubbornly bitter, drying, and tending towards astringency.
Flavors: Bitter, Pine, Sap, Vegetal