A uniquely warm and comforting fresh autumn harvest with notes of pumpkin, spice, and cream
Leaf Type: Green
Where to Purchase: Verdant Tea
Suggested Brewing Tips:
If possible, use filtered or spring water, freshly boiled.
Western Brewing: Use one teaspoon of leaves per cup of water. If possible, use a glass tea pot or brewing pitcher to enjoy the performance of the leaves as they unfurl and begin to dance around. Steep for 1 minute with 175 degree water, or until most of the leaves have sunk to the bottom of the vessel. If you don’t have a thermometer, just wait for the smallest bubbles to start coming up, and the water will be ready. Enjoy at least 3 infusions.
Gongfu Brewing: Do not heat your gaiwan. Add 4 grams of leaves for a medium gaiwan. Use 175 degree water. No need for a rinse. Steep for 3 seconds. Increase steep time after the third steeping by 3 seconds or to taste. Enjoy at least 6 infusions.
Laoshan Style: Cover the bottom of a tempered glass tumbler with leaves. Pour 175 degree water along the edge of the glass so that it does not splash over the leaves, but slowly submerges them. Drink as soon as you can handle the hot cup. Refill with boiling water throughout the day.
Jingshan Style: Boil water to 175 degrees, or until the smallest bubbles start rising to the surface. Fill a tempered glass cup or teapot 2/3 full with the water. Sprinkle 1TB of leaves per 8oz of water used in the vessel. Swirl lightly and watch the leaves slowly unfurl and sink. Drink right out of the cup, blowing the leaves to the side, and experience the tea first very light, and then stronger as it continues to steep.
The first steep (1m) of this tea is sweet, much more-so than any other green tea I've had in the past. It is followed up with a creamy texture and flavor that sets it apart from other green teas. This texture is very similar to the one I notice last week with Verdant's Yunnan White Jasmine. It isn't a texture I generally associate with green tea.
The Second steep (1m30s) picks up a bit of astringency, but not enough to distract from the flavor. This steep has lost the sweetness of the first steep and moved towards the vegetal flavor I normally associate with green teas. This was more like what I had expected out of the previous steep, but I like that it maintains some of the creamy texture.
Third steep (2m) has lost the astringency of the previous steep and the flavors are much more subtle. I don't believe the leaves will provide a fourth steep when brewed western style and this is a little disappointing.
My Rating: 85/100
Would I order this again? Possibly. This tea didn't have the depth the rest of the teas in the sampler had. I didn't dislike this, quite the contrary, however I left me wanting just a bit.