This is a pretty and powerful green. The dry leaves emit the aroma of warm grass, hay, butter and spinach. The taste follows the smell: grass, spinach cooked in butter, asparagus, spiciness, some nutty undertones.The tea leaves are large and mostly broken so they tend to add an excessive bitterness if over-steeped. And the subsequent Western steeps are thoroughly unimpressive and better to be avoided.
With my predisposition to robust and “loud” teas I usually avoid greens but this Yunnan can certainly hold its own against Dian Hongs and Zheng Shan Xiao Zhongs. This tea also has plenty of complexity and aroma – despite being a year old at this time. I can only imagine how good it is when fresh.
Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Nutty, Spicy, Spinach, Sweet, warm grass