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drank Long Jing by Min River Tea
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I’m continuing on with my Long Jing theme for this afternoon. I was grateful to have these samples sent to me by Min River, because I don’t have a lot of Chinese green teas in my stash currently, mostly just Japanese ones.

This is a lovely dragonwell. The tea liquor brews up to be very light and it’s quite aromatic. I get a lot of nutty flavor from this, as well as some sweetness… but also salty in the finish. It reminds me a bit of green beans with salt. I wish I had some more but alas… this was the last of the 2 sample packs I got.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This one was included as a generous sample with my recent order. It is a very pleasant jasmine pearl. Not heavily perfumed but certainly enough to impart good, strong jasmine flavor. Clean and mellow.

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I fished in and got one of the tea shakers (supposedly for my mom but I can’t get it to work very well yet) and while I was at it, I picked up some of this. This is super good. Full bodied, malty and dark with no discernible smoke. I can’t say that I’ll order again without a sale but if a sale were to come around… The sales experience was super, though. Chris was very responsive and exceedingly fast with his emails.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Bamboo Leaf by Min River Tea
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Thanks again to Min River for these green tea samples!

This is a beautiful looking leaf, it’s very long, slender and needle like. I decided I was going to steep this for two minutes and after pulling the wet leaf out, it definitely smells of sweet cooked peas. The flavor was kind of light after two minutes, so I decided to steep it for an additional 60 seconds.

The tea liquor here is a very light yellow, like the color of cornsilk. There is a slightly sweet vegetal flavor here that reminds me a bit of corn and peas. With Chinese green teas, I definitely prefer the more robust varieties and this is extremely light. I think it would be good for a warm summer day (perhaps even cold brewed) but it’s a bit light for my particular tastes or I probably would have rated it higher. If you like very delicate teas this may be your cuppa…

Flavors: Corn Husk, Peas

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Here’s another green tea from my Min River sampler pack. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Jade Eyebrow tea before. The leaves of this tea are fairly small and curly. After taking a whiff of the steeped leaves, my immediate associations are that of green beans.

The tea liquor brews up to be a vivid greenish-yellow. The flavor of this tea is very bold and vivid. I’ve been sipping on it a bit and get vegetal tones, brothiness and some citrus flavors in the finish. Something about this seems very nourishing, almost like soup.

When it comes to Chinese green teas, I tend to like the bolder ones and this would definitely qualify. So far I have been very impressed with all of my Min River samples and I would definitely consider buying a full size of this someday. Their teas seem very clean and pure.

Flavors: Green Beans

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

What an interesting tea name!


Glad you enjoyed it! The farmer told us it was a unique tea of their own creation – it’s a bit of a mix of traditional Sichuanese green tea processing techniques and they chose the name themselves. In Chinese it’s Qing Mei (青眉) which literally translates to “Green/Jade Eyebrow”.

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Good afternoon Steepster!
I am way behind on trying all the tea samples I got from swaps and elsewhere and I got some free samples today from Min River Tea that are green and yellow teas. Thanks to Min River for their generosity :)

This is the first tea I wanted to try. I haven’t had too many yellow teas in my lifetime but the ones I’ve had were very enjoyable. I steeped this one for two minutes in a regular teacup and it’s very tasty. I would definitely agree with the company’s description of:

“It’s rich, thick and vegetal tastes have a surprisingly long-lasting mouth-feel”.

It has a very light yellow, almost brothy appearance and is very refreshing in the mouth. Something about it reminds me slightly of artichoke. There’s a slight palate cleansing bitterness in the finish but nothing offensive in any way. This is a very tasty yellow tea and I’m glad I have more in my sample. I think I’ll go in for a second steep now…

p.s. second steep was yummy!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jasmine Red by Min River Tea
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I love florals especially Jasmine and that combined with a such a smooth tea base makes for a favorite that will be a staple. Thanks to Nicole Martin for the sample.

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I work very hard, probably the hardest of anyone I know, too hard if you ask me. I feel like sitting and sampling teas in chinese fashion at a tea shop in china town is well deserved. So I go to the ‘International district’ in Seattle with my old friend and ask for the gongfu cha? The tea proprietor say in chinese ’ what you want to drink’ now I am no stranger to mandarin but I could not understand her to save my life so we just started speaking in good ol english.
To my surprise she actually had two teas she was sampling, one a aged loose leaf shu puer, and the other dragonwell green. Long story short, the tea was delicious and I had to buy zhen zhu jasmine pearl tea.
I have been exclusive to loose leaf tea for ten years, and yet the sound of the pearls dropping into the pot makes me happy.
It’s fine when you’ve steeped it long enough, I probably drank the rinse with this one because I assumed the leaves would react with the hot water faster than they did. I personally don’t mind drinking this closer to room temp. The smell of jasmine flower and the mellow tea makes for a sweet cup, simple and lovely.
I dedicated the last of the bag to a time when I really need a grade A tea so while I drank it all pretty quick there’s still a 10grams left.
I keep thinking I’ll go back to Seattle for a refill but it’s just too hard to find a place to stay, even though my friend lives there and I crashed with her once. She of course had tea with me out of curiosity rather than obsession, so I might have to find a tea place closer to SPokane. I still have to thank New Century Tea Gallery for the aposite service to me and my friend at our one on one high school reunion.

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Steeped this in a gaiwan, and it held up well over several infusions. Good price, great quality tea. I look forward to trying the rest of their selections

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Truly lovely. Love the charcoal roasted aspect while still retaining many of the qualities of a green Tie Guan Yin.

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