This remains one of the most complete Chinese greens I’ve ever tasted. The dry leaf is richly sweet, almost chocolate-like. A first steep yields nutty umami from the wet leaf and a liquor that is extraordinarily sweet and fresh, with a lingering mouthfeel I can only describe as buttery. It’s like sipping springtime. Good for at least 5 steeps. Bravo, Imperial Tea.
Huangshan Maofeng Everyday Organic
Huang Shan Mao Feng is harvested from the Huang Shan (Yellow Mountains) of Anhui province. Early spring “flag spear” leaves are harvested, withered, pan-fired, and finally dry-roasted with hardwood charcoal. The flavor is an interestingly gentle smokiness and an intriguingly long sweetness that lingers long after the drinking has been done. It is no surprise that it is one of China’s most sought-after green teas along with the famous Dragon Well and Bi Luo Chun.