Zhenyuang-yi Spring Green Pre-Qing Ming
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.