Gou Gu Nao

Tea type
Green Tea
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Flavors
Asparagus, Green, Spinach, Vegetable Broth, Brussels Sprouts, Butter, Chestnut, Floral, Grass, Green Beans, Kale, Lettuce, Mineral, Narcissus, Sesame, Vegetal
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185 °F / 85 °C 3 g 3 oz / 85 ml

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  • “I rarely drink green tea anymore, straight or flavored. I’ll occasionally have a straight green tea with food, or a jasmine green. But, I just don’t gravitate towards them. But, I was in a rare...” Read full tasting note
  • “Given the many reviews on this site, I’m surprised I’m the first to write a note about a Teavivre green tea. I think they’ve changed the name to Premium Lu Shan Yun Wu, though I rather like Gou Gu...” Read full tasting note

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The first time I heard the name Gou Gu Nao, I realized that how a tea name could be so down to earth. Among many elegant tea names, a tea named “Gou Gu Nao” suddenly appears, making me instantly curious about it. Actually Gou Gu Nao belongs to green tea. According to the local tea farmers, the man who first planted this tea was an old tea farmer. He only planted some at the top of mountain, which is shaped like a dog’s head, so the tea is named as Gou Gu Nao Green Tea.

The first infusion: sniff the tea, the obvious stir-fried bean aroma and floral fragrance slowly hit, along with unique sweet aroma, which makes us comfortable. Drink it, the refreshing taste spreads immediately in the mouth.

The second infusion: the aroma remains the same and after stretching, the taste is richer. Unlike other green teas with light and elegant aroma, this tea is strong and with a sense of thickness.

The third infusion: the aroma of the tea liquor gradually weakens but the taste is sweet and mellow.

The fourth infusion: as the taste and aroma fade, the sweet aroma of the tea begins to emerge. Till the fifth infusion, the tea is still sweet and refreshing.

Besides, this Gou Gu Nao is especially suitable for grandpa style, especially for the tea lovers who have no time to enjoy Gongfu brewing, which you can enjoy its mellow and sweet taste too.

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1809 tasting notes

I rarely drink green tea anymore, straight or flavored. I’ll occasionally have a straight green tea with food, or a jasmine green. But, I just don’t gravitate towards them. But, I was in a rare mood and decided grab one of the few little green tea samples I have.
This is fine, I think I oversteeped it a bit, because it’s a touch bitter.
Super vegetal- cooked asparagus and spinach.

Flavors: Asparagus, Green, Spinach, Vegetable Broth

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424 tasting notes

Given the many reviews on this site, I’m surprised I’m the first to write a note about a Teavivre green tea. I think they’ve changed the name to Premium Lu Shan Yun Wu, though I rather like Gou Gu Nao (Dog’s Head Green) for its randomness! I steeped 3 g of leaf in an 85 ml porcelain pot at 185F for 7, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds. I also bowl steeped the rest of my 5 g sample in 200 ml of 185 water, starting at 4 minutes and adding water when needed.

The dry aroma is of green beans, chestnuts, veggies, and spring flowers. The first steep has notes of green beans, butter, asparagus, grass, sesame seeds, and spring flowers. The chestnut aroma at the bottom of the empty cup is wonderful. The next steep adds kale and brussels sprouts, though the nuts are still present. Steeps three and four are even more vegetal, with grass, lettuce, and what I think is narcissus. The final steeps are full of cruciferous veggies and are a bit astringent, though they retain a floral and grassy aftertaste.

When this tea is bowl steeped, much of the bitterness disappears, though so do some of the florals. The first few rounds are beany and nutty, and then the tea fades into grass, minerals, and lettuce.

This is a bit more delicate than the regular Lu Shan Yun Wu, with more chestnut and floral notes. Bowl steeping is definitely the way to go if you want to avoid bitterness.

Flavors: Asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, Butter, Chestnut, Floral, Grass, Green Beans, Kale, Lettuce, Mineral, Narcissus, Sesame, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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