Since I am currently off work due to a copperhead bite, I have little else to do but keep posting some of these backlogged reviews. It’s crazy to think that I have lived in an area with a large population of venomous snakes for over three decades and never had this happen to me. My residence is literally sandwiched between a forest and a hayfield, and I work outdoors, but no, I have to step on a young one barefoot in my parents’ driveway while watching their cats play-stalk the deer that invade the yard to eat daylilies every evening. Talk about shitty luck. Now I’m stuck at my parents’ house and can’t walk. With any luck I can go home tomorrow, but I probably can’t go back to work until next week at the earliest. That out of the way, this was the last of the spring 2017 Yunnan Sourcing green teas I got around to trying, finishing the last of my pouch sometime around mid-late June. I found it to be a straightforward, but very rewarding tea, and one that kept ridiculously well in storage.
I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a brief rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 176 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 14 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes.
Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of hay, grass, malt, chestnut, and lemon zest. After the rinse, I detected a slight smoke aroma and a new aroma of corn husk. The first infusion then introduced a roasted peanut aroma. In the mouth, I detected notes of roasted peanut, roasted chestnut, malt, grass, hay, lemon zest, and corn husk that were underscored by a slight smokiness and a hint of sugarcane sweetness that became most apparent on the swallow. Subsequent infusions revealed hints of sour plum and spinach on the nose along with a stronger lemon zest aroma. New notes of sour plum, spinach, minerals, seaweed, lettuce, and lime appeared in the mouth. The final few infusions emphasized lingering mineral, lettuce, lemon zest, grass, malt, and corn husk notes that were balanced somewhat by hints of roasted chestnut and sugarcane.
This was a very nice and very easy-drinking green tea. It had the typical Yunnan green tea profile, which I love, though some folks seem to not be as impressed by it. As I continued to experiment with this tea, I also found it to be very adaptable, a perfect green tea for those who like to experiment with their brewing methods. Though this tea was not quite as complex as some of the other Yunnan Sourcing green teas I have tried, it was still an excellent offering. I could see it making a fantastic daily drinker or a perfect introduction to Yunnan green teas.
Flavors: Chestnut, Corn Husk, Grass, Hay, Lemon Zest, Lettuce, Lime, Malt, Mineral, Peanut, Plum, Seaweed, Smoke, Spinach, Sugarcane