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Got this as a sample with my Yunnan Sourcing order. It’s not the type of green tea I would have picked out for myself. Normally, I avoid Yunnan green tea because the assamica cultivar grown there, intended for puerh, is different from the more delicate sinensis cultivar used in normal Chinese green tea. As a result, Yunnan greens tend to be more savory and pungent than their counterparts grown in other parts of China.

This one reminded me more of heicha and sheng than green tea. It starts off like a white tea, with corn silk and hay aromas. The flavor is something like freshly washed linens and has the texture of soft cotton. Sweeter with more hay and white tea florals on resteep. Tastes like sheng but without the bitterness. A little smoke as it settles.

Mind you, this was a year old when I received it so it’s obviously aged and the flavor has changed in the past year. Good for what it is and I prefer to think of it as a white tea instead of green as that’s what it tastes like to me.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Floral, Hay, Smoke

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea years ago, and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and a few flavored teas. My tea epiphany came a few years ago when I discovered jade oolongs. That was the gateway drug to the world of fine tea and teaware.

With the exception of a handful of lightly scented teas, I drink mostly straight tea. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks are beginning to grow on me. I’ve dipped my toe into a few puerhs now but it’s still relatively new territory for me. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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