Empress Green - superior green tea - strong and naturally sweet.
There is a class of teas in China that are harvested in the spring and processed according to local customs that often result in exceptional and unusual teas. Rarely exported and typically sold locally, these "fresh teas" are often made with varietals that have, in time, adapted to the terrier and, as a result, have taste characteristics unique to the area. Each year, with some luck, we are invited to meet with a long time supplier, now retired, who grows select lots of white, green and black teas in this style. Empress green is a made from the Mei Zhan varietal which grows at an elevation of about 800 to 900 meters. It is a slow growing varietal, strong, and requires a deft hand in processing. The farm operates using organic practices. This lot was made in early April 2016. Lot # W-6.
Why we selected this particular lot. Each year, this green is made with a differing appearance and taste. This reflects the timing of the harvest and then a decision by the tea maker as to how to processi the leaves. This lot is made with a large sized green leaf mixed with white buds. The aroma is strong and clean. With tasting, we found this tea offered a note of chestnuts at the front and a sweet finish. From our perspective, this lot offers you, our customers, a unique taste and a tea that is rarely enjoyed outside the local area.
Tasting notes. The leaves offer a heightened, sweet aroma. It is more naturally sweet than vegetal in flavor. Steeped, the taste is nuanced, offering some light grassy notes along with just a hint of astringency. There is a pleasing tension between sweet and astringent underscoring the strength of the varietal. Grown at a high elevation, the tea cups quite clear and a light-green gold color.
Brewing suggestions. As this green tea is strong in flavor, we suggest 3 grams per 8 ounces and 4-5 grams for 12 to 16 ounces. Steep at 2 minutes and taste. This should yield a balanced cup. Use water at a temperature of 185-198 F. Leaves will yield multiple steeps
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