Emperor’s Clouds and Mist has now supplanted Tazo Green Tips as the Chinese straight green in the Starbucks cafés. Happily, it’s quite good, even though I forgot to ask for a couple of ice cubes to be thrown into the bottom of the cup to lower the temperature a bit. I did remove the lid while it was steeping and pulled the bags out for a breather about half way through the steeping. Then I removed the well-stoked bags for good after about three minutes.
Smooth and lightly vegetal. Very similar, in fact, to Green Tips, so I am assuming that this is a close relation to Mao Feng? (Could it be Green Tips under a new label, just as Tazo Passion has become Teavana Passion Tango? Inquiring minds may well wonder…)
The second infusion, which I prepared at home, was also tasty. So nice to know that a decent pure green is still available chez Starbucks even after the demise of the Tazo line, which I quite liked, but apparently no one else did!