2020 Special Grade Laoshan Pine Needle Green

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea Leaves
Flavors
Fennel, Lettuce, Pear, Soybean
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Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Vegan
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Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 oz / 230 ml

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  • “Backlog. This was a good tea but seemed to suffer from a loss of freshness. Partly a result of Covid related shipping delays and partly due to sitting in cold storage for several months. I...” Read full tasting note
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From Verdant Tea

The first Da Tian harvest is special because the very cool weather that requires greenhouse protection for the delicate tea plants over the early spring leads to slow growth and rich sweet, textural intensity. When this greenhouse protection is removed, the plants get their first taste of sunlight, and combine the textural intensity and sweetness of shade-grown tea with the aroma and aftertaste that early sunlight brings out. Mr. He produces Pine Needle Green by hand, combining the twisting and curling techniques of bilochun with the flat pressing motions of Dragonwell-style. This allows him to lock in the deep rich complexity and sweetness that curling brings while still presenting a beautiful tea that dances in the glass and opens up in just the right way for potent aromatics. Only a few kilos of this special tea were produced this year, and the He Family was kind enough to make them available for the first time.

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Backlog.

This was a good tea but seemed to suffer from a loss of freshness. Partly a result of Covid related shipping delays and partly due to sitting in cold storage for several months. I feel like delicate greens such as first flushes don’t hold up to refrigeration as well as dragonwells and sencha.

At standard green tea temperature (170 – 175 F) the tea has an odd note of overly ripe pear and banana. Upon bumping up the temperature, it went away and the familiar Laoshan flavors of soybean, fennel, and green lettuce appeared with an underlay of nuttiness.

Not terribly complex and as mentioned had lost some freshness yet still a pleasant drinking experience.

Flavors: Fennel, Lettuce, Pear, Soybean

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 230 ML

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