This JUST arrived today. I was greeted by the lovely Canton Tea Club package after returning home from my cousinly brainstorming session. When I read the box, my heart skipped a beat. This tea was A-Murr-ican!
I tore it open instantly. This wasn’t my first exposure to the Eva Lee/Chiu Leong/Tea Hawaii outfit. I had sampled everything from their black, their white, their other green and their oolong. This was a different green tea from the last one. The leaves were longer, wider, a different shade of green, and the smell was kelpy and tart. I assumed this was actually from leaves grown on their private estate, not one from a neighboring garden.
I brewed it up the first time like I would any green tea, and it came out much too light. On a second go-around, I opted for boiling water and a three-minute steep. The approach turned out a very citrusy brew with a slight grassy kick. It was light in a Long Jing sorta way, but with no vegetal profile to speak of.
I liked it quite a bit, and it served as the perfect fuel while writing a Halloween-related rant (here: http://www.lazyliteratus.com/1869).
At the time of this writing, the blog for this offering isn’t up yet, but I’ll update this note accordingly when it does.
Correction: I guess this IS their Ol’a green, only with a different rolling method. shrug