Zhenyuang-yi Spring Green Pre-Qing Ming

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Zhenyuang-yi Spring Green tea is a fluffy, wiry green tea that steeps to a light liquor with minimal aroma, but has abundant, satisfying flavor to spare. It is a classic example of a tea that misleads us in its dry form and then surprises us as a steeped beverage.

Sourced from one of the autonomous regions of Yunnan Province and tended by the ethnic minorities that protect so many of the tea gardens there, Zhenyuang-yi is the most recent addition to our teas from that paradise-like part of southwestern China.

Given the subtlety of the aroma of the dry leaf, we were surprised and pleasantly shocked by the intensity of big flavors that this leaf offers in the cup. Zhenyuang-yi is perfect for those who want big flavor, and those who do not prefer lingering aftertaste or strong aromatics. The myriad flavors that this leaf shows cascade over the palate in waves and the second (and possible third) steeping yields much more intensity of flavor than most early spring green teas. It has rare mouth-filling richness – this indicates maturity in the tea bushes from which its leaf was plucked. It is a real treat!

Harvested from old-growth tea bushes in Zhenyuangin early-March of 2011.

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During the spring of 2011 I ordered eight teas from Tea Trekker: three 2010 green teas, one 2011 green tea, one 2010 yellow tea, and three black teas (with one free 2011 green tea sample thrown in). I finished all of the green and yellow teas by the end of 2011.

This was my very first fresh spring green tea, and so merits a more in-depth review than the others.

I like artichokes, and I remember that this tasted like artichokes. I couldn’t believe tea could taste like artichokes and that it could actually taste good. For months I had been reading about how fresh green teas can taste like all kinds of different green vegetables (spinach, green beans, collard greens, etc). So when I tasted artichokes in this tea, it was all I could talk about (I bet it may have been a little annoying to hear me go on and on about it). I brewed this up for a friend later that summer, one who never had a fresh spring green tea before (that I am aware of), and he was about as impressed as I was that it tasted like artichokes. On a side note: the flavor of Life in Teacup’s Frosty Spring Yunnan Roast Green somewhat reminds me of the flavor of this tea.

My old notes say it had good flavor through three steepings (and some on the forth and a little on the fifth). I go on-and-on in my notes about the quality of this leaf (being the first spring green I’d ever seen): fresh, bright-looking, army-green-colored leaves (medium-to-small sized), with plenty of bud-sets. It’s kind of funny reading my notes, as it’s like listening to a little kid describing how great his first new spangled thing a-ma-bob is, the one that just came in the mail that day, the one he’s been waiting for for weeks (anyone seen, A Christmas Story?). Anyway, this tea’s what got me loving Tea Trekker, and fresh green teas, and it got me to see that I didn’t have to pay lots for a good quality green tea (it was $15 / 4 OZ). Fresh green tea ROCKS!

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Finishing off my sample of this tea with a heavy amount of leaf. This is a very nice clean, bright, juicy and straw-like Yunnan green. Tons of strawberry, melon, and peach. Tends to get a little terse, grassy, and bitter if treated too heavy and too hot, but otherwise produces a very spring-like beverage. I found it a little aggressive in the vegetal, herbal, planty spinach notes, something I don’t think works as well with the basket roasting or the light fruit notes, but more with the kelpy, cholorphyll heavy styles of green tea. Nice buds in the steeped leaves.

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