Yunnan Pine Needles Green Tea from Mengku Spring 2018

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This lovely tea is grown in Mengku County of Lincang in a village called “Dofu Zhai” (aka Tofu Village). It’s a local varietal, a hybrid of pure Assamica and Change Ye Bai Hao. The tea was picked and processed between March 4th and 7th. The tea is fried by and in a wok, rolled, wilted very very briefly and then dried by hand in a wok again. At this final stage the tea is pressed flat again to make is straight and pointy. The finished product is a silver and green needled tea that locals call “Song Zhen” (Pine Needles).

In addition to its beautiful appearance, the tea brews up a lovely bright green-yellow tea soup with hints of raw chestnut and umami. The tea is thick and lubricating to the mouth and throat (never drying or harsh). A fine Yunnan green tea that complex, delicate and satisfying to experience!
March 2018 Harvest and processing.

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There are reviews here for the 2016 and 2017 productions which is one reason I tried it this year. See those notes for more detail.

I’m glad I found Chinese greens, they are a good fit for me over the Japanese ones.

This tea has umami both on the nose and in the taste. I like the marine, buttery, vegetal, chestnut notes.

The wet leaf can easily become bitter so I doubt I will purchase this one again.

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