Earliest Green Tea of the Year - Frosty Spring Yunnan Roast Green

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Edit tea info Last updated by Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)
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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 4 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “I've tried this one before and thought I would revisit it. Roasted Green Tea and Veggies from my previous experience still apply but I'm enjoying it much more than a 73 as I rated it before so I'm...” Read full tasting note
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    teaequalsbliss 6770 tasting notes
  • “ok making my last 2.2g at work 12 ounces hot spigot water tempered with a bit of cold fountain water (aiming on 170) 5 min steep tea smell: vegetal, refreshing (springy?) sweet tea taste:...” Read full tasting note
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    amazonv 702 tasting notes
  • “I bought this some time ago but am just getting around to trying it now! I don't know what took me so long to actually try it - it is SO GOOD. The sip starts with a nutty taste, and finishes...” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4449 tasting notes
  • “I was one of those fortunate to get a free sample of this through Ginkgo's generosity. As I've mentioned before, I don't have a great deal of green tea experience which is one of the reasons I...” Read full tasting note
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    __Morgana__ 953 tasting notes

From Life In Teacup

Yunnan is where human beings first ever discovered tea and made tea. The subtropical region of Yunnan has a winter warm enough for tea trees to grow, but cold enough to slow down the growing process with frequent frost. After a whole winter of bright sunshine and frosty nights, the spring tea leaves are extremely fresh and flavorful.

Brewing method:
2a. Chinese Green Tea (except for all-bud varieties)

  • Vessel: mug, gaiwan, or whatever cup of proper size
  • Water temperature: newly boiled water (around 95 °C or 203 °F)
  • Amount of Leaves: let dry loose leaves cover the mug/cup bottom, but don’t pile up
  • Time: when most leaves sink to the bottom, it’s good to drink
  • Re-steep: when there is 1/3 liquor left in the vessel, add hot water to re-steep. Most Chinese green teas can be infused for at least 3 times.
When using a teapot, leave the lid OFF and steep for 1 minute for each of the first 2 infusions.

2b. Chinese early spring Green Tea with mostly leaf buds

Method (1):

  • Vessel: mug or whatever cup of proper size
  • Water temperature: boiled water that has sat aside for 2-5 minutes (around 90 °C or 194 °F)
  • Amount of Leaves: (same as “2a”) let dry loose leaves cover the mug/cup bottom, but don’t pile up
  • Time: (same as “2a”) when most leaves sink to the bottom, it’s good to drink
  • Re-steep: (same as “2a”) when there is 1/3 liquor left in the vessel, add hot water to re-steep. Most Chinese green teas can be infused for at least 3 times.

Method (2):

  • Vessel: Gaiwan
  • Water temperature: boiled water that has sat aside for 5-10 minutes (around 80-85 °C or 180 °F)
  • Amount of leaves: (same as “2a”) let dry loose leaves cover the mug/cup bottom, but don’t pile up
  • Time: wait for 1-2 minutes, with the Gaiwan lid OFF. Then use the gaiwan lid to gently wave away any floating leaves, and meantime start drinking SLOWLY.
  • Re-steep: same as “2a”

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20 Tasting Notes

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6770 tasting notes

I’ve tried this one before and thought I would revisit it. Roasted Green Tea and Veggies from my previous experience still apply but I’m enjoying it much more than a 73 as I rated it before so I’m increasing rating. This is dandy! Especially while eating my lunch – today I have Vegan Thai Lime Rice. Great pairing!

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702 tasting notes

ok
making my last 2.2g at work
12 ounces hot spigot water tempered with a bit of cold fountain water (aiming on 170)
5 min steep
tea smell: vegetal, refreshing (springy?) sweet
tea taste: vegetal, sweet, refreshing, not minty like it was last night, I blame the root beer float
it’s more a medium bodied drink than the light it was last night
aftertaste: bitter on the roof of my moth as opposed to tongue

i sorta liked the mint tang-i miss it

still a refreshing green tea, but it now has that bitter after tang i do NOT like

maybe some honey? sugar?

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AmazonV

i started at 1 min, it was too weak, then some servers crashed and i couldn’t get back to drinking until 5 min, 2 would likely have done better

AmazonV

second steep, with honey, 2 min, DELICIOUS, no bitter after taste just sweet vegetal refreshing tea that sniffing makes me think spring garden as opposed to the muck outside

AmazonV

third steep no additives, sweet, refreshing, vegetal and light, still enjoyable though

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I bought this some time ago but am just getting around to trying it now! I don’t know what took me so long to actually try it – it is SO GOOD.

The sip starts with a nutty taste, and finishes with a light, fresh almost buttery taste with a note of tartness. It’s a very interesting contrast of flavors. Very nice.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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953 tasting notes

I was one of those fortunate to get a free sample of this through Ginkgo’s generosity. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have a great deal of green tea experience which is one of the reasons I wanted to give this a try. In fact, it’s my first loose leaf green. I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t let that bias what I said here, but I didn’t have to worry. I think it is wonderful!

The dry leaves are, overall, a deep green color with variations in the individual leaves ranging from slightly brownish to bright, silvery flecks. They’re a medium length and generally straight, or with a tiny bit of curl. There’s a gently vegetal smell about them; I’m going to say asparagus, so Jacqueline probably wouldn’t go for it. ;-)

The liquor is tinged with light green, but otherwise almost clear. It smells much like the dry leaves, but rounder. The taste is quite sweet and vegetal, with something of a nutty undercurrent. It has a buttery feel to it, as though it is melting in my mouth. Very smooth and reminiscent of spring without being grassy, great for a day like today. I’m not getting smokiness, but I wouldn’t mind if I did.

The leaves unfurl prettily, and carry their smell with them post-steeping. The second steep worked reasonably well, too, though I can see that significantly lengthening steeping time could yield some bitterness. I went 90 seconds on the resteep and there was just a tad of bitterness in the aftertaste, but it was just enough to make things interesting rather than unpleasant.

This is going on my shopping list. I can see myself becoming fond of greens! I should add that I didn’t read the notes on how to prepare this until after I’d made it but that obviously didn’t hamper my enjoyment. I just wonder how different it would have been had I heeded them.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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53 tasting notes

Love this. We drank this coming home from the mall, steeped in two to-go cups of hot water that the Marche kindly gave us with our baguette. Not very civilized, but far better than what was offered in the mall, even if lacking in style of serving vessel!

My husband thought it was very seaweedy. I found this fresh, and lovely. The liqour is a light grey green, the smell fresh, spring like and green.

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4 min, 0 sec

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This looks unusual. Roast green. However, leaves look darker – very dark green. But the smell is grassy. Like dry grass. Roast green – yeah smells exactly like that :)

I’m leaving the water to chill for few minutes. And I’ll go with a short first steep.

Smells like yummy green yunnan. Yellow color.

Mmmm that nutty scent that my favorite silver needle has. I love that in tea. It’s like quality green tea mixed with white silver needle to me :) Which is awesome. If it had a bit more round, maybe slightly sweeter taste it would be perfect. But I still like it a lot! Fresh, smooth, very drinkable and with a nutty note :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I received this tea as a sample from Life in Teacup. I hadn’t tried it before and was looking forward to something nice and fresh this afternoon, so I picked this one out of the box.

This is a really nice, delicate yet solid green tea. It has a vegetal taste, but also a natural sweetness to it that’s really pleasing. I was surprised. I was concerned that it would be too vegetal tasting, but it’s not.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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I tried a shorter steep this time, and the tea was a bit different — it tasted strongly and smelled even more strongly of raisins! I’d heard people describe tea as tasting of raisins before and always wondered what that would be like, since I’d never found it before. Well, here it is, and unfortunately it’s reminded me that I don’t like raisins. Alas!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec
__Morgana__

Interesting! I didn’t get raisins at all. Now that I’m alerted to your tasting of them I’ll see if I can find them as well. (I do like raisins, so it wouldn’t bother me to taste them and might be kind of cool…)

Cait

Good luck in your raisin quest! :)

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251 tasting notes

This is a very bright, fresh tea. There is definitely a vegetable kind of flavor, and it has a very fresh green odor. Drinking it made me feel I was doing something very good for myself. There was no trace of bitterness at all. It had a very smooth feel to the tongue. I’m very, very glad that I got to try such a wonderful tea! It made me hope that I’ll use up the teas I have quickly so I have room to order some of this tea.

It’s very good, and I’m looking forward to reading some of the other reviews. Thanks Gingko!

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This is a very interesting Chinese green tea! 90% of the taste of this tea is in the aftertaste – as the tea leaves your mouth, a tangy and somewhat astringent flavor arises from the sides and back of your mouth. There are some savory undertones, but they seem to quickly dissipate. In my experience, this has been much more flavorful than most Chinese green teas – just make sure you like tangy notes!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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