The best Lu Mei (Green Eyebrow Tea) originates in Jiangxi Province, where our Fair Trade certified, Organic Lu Mei Tea is grown. Lu Mei is a distinctive tea with more bite than some green teas, and is named for the characteristic shape of its leaves. Green teas are made with virtually no oxidation, and so our Lu Mei produces a brew light in color with a fresh, sharp taste.
No lightweight, Little Red Cup Lu Mei Tea is a perfect eye-opener, as well as a solid work-day companion. Among green teas, Lu Mei is a strong variety, and we suggest using a smaller amount of tea and a shorter brewing time for a lighter beverage, and a bit more tea coupled with a longer brewing time for a stronger tea.
Leaf Type: Green
Where to Purchase: Little Red Cup Tea Company
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per cup
Water Temp: 170 - 180°F
Steep Time: 1 - 2 minutes
Martin from Little Red Cup Tea Company was incredibly generous and sent me large samples of the eight teas they currently carry. I'll be reviewing one today for Tuesday tea and the other seven samples will be reviewed on Steepster throughout the week, so make sure you head over there to check them out.
Even though I've been on a green tea kick lately I haven't reviewed many green teas for Tuesday Tea. I'm not really sure why that is, so I've decided to remedy that today, although I should probably come clean and admit that wasn't my only reason for choosing to review this tea. The name is really what caught my attention as I was sorting through the samples that Martin sent me. Lu Mei is also referred to as eyebrow tea due to the unique shape that is formed during the manufacturing process. It is said to resemble the delicate curve of a woman's eyebrow. With such a unique name how could I possibly pass up reviewing it?
My first cup of this tea was prepared following the guidelines, I used one teaspoon per 8oz, steeped for 1 minute at 175°F. I found the cup of tea it produced to be lighter in flavor than I had anticipated, so for the second round I increased the leaf to 1.5 teaspoons per 8 oz serving. This gave me the stronger flavor that I was looking for.
This tea is rather hard to describe because the flavors just don't seem to stand out as strongly when compared to other green teas that I've tried recently. If I weren't trying to write an in depth review I would say that it tasted like green tea and leave it at that, but that isn't very descriptive now, is it? I think this tea is likely best described by what it is not. This tea is not particularly bold in flavor and leans more towards the subtle end. It is not bitter and lacks any hints of astringency, although it does have a rather drying effect while drinking it. It does not have a strong grassy flavor, nor does it have a strong vegetal flavor. When I drink it it doesn't remind me of something else. It is just green tea, uncomplicated, easy to drink, and because of that I think it would make the perfect everyday green tea.
My Rating: 88/100