Okay, here’s the last review of the day. I promise. I must say that getting back into this has been both much easier and more fun than I thought it would be. This was another of my recent sipdowns. I finished what I had of this tea Thursday night. Overall, I found it to be a very respectable Zhejiang green tea that was incredibly easy to drink.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a brief rinse, I steeped 7 grams of loose tea leaves and buds in 5 ounces of 176 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 14 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry leaf and bud blend emitted aromas of cream, honey, peas, sugarcane, and sweet corn. After the rinse, I noted new aromas of grass, hay, green beans, and chestnut. The first infusion introduced subtle squash blossom and asparagus aromas. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered honey, pea, sweet corn, sugarcane, chestnut, hay, cream, and grass notes that were chased by hints of malt, asparagus, spinach, and green beans. The subsequent infusions introduced stronger asparagus and squash blossom scents to go along with new aromas of spinach, green olive, and seaweed. Stronger asparagus, malt, spinach, and green bean notes emerged in the mouth alongside belatedly emerging squash blossom impressions. New notes of minerals, umami, green olive, butter, and seaweed showed up as well. The final few infusions offered lingering mineral, malt, cream, hay, grass, and green bean notes that were underscored by hints of chestnut, sweet corn, spinach, and green olive.

I am more used to the Yunnan Mao Feng green teas that seem to permeate the Western tea market these days, but I must say again that I found this to be a very likable and pleasant green tea. I imagine that it would make a fantastic daily drinker for fans of softer, sweeter green teas that retain considerably complex vegetal and savory characteristics. Definitely consider giving it a shot if you are planning to explore some of Teavivre’s green tea offerings.

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Chestnut, Cream, Grass, Green Beans, Hay, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Olives, Peas, Seaweed, Spinach, Squash Blossom, Sugarcane, Sweet, Umami

7 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

Ya know, I just realized that this was my 700th tasting note. That’s crazy.

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Ya know, I just realized that this was my 700th tasting note. That’s crazy.

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My grading criteria for tea is as follows:

90-100: Exceptional. I love this stuff. If I can get it, I will drink it pretty much every day.

80-89: Very good. I really like this stuff and wouldn’t mind keeping it around for regular consumption.

70-79: Good. I like this stuff, but may or may not reach for it regularly.

60-69: Solid. I rather like this stuff and think it’s a little bit better-than-average. I’ll drink it with no complaints, but am more likely to reach for something I find more enjoyable than revisit it with regularity.

50-59: Average. I find this stuff to be more or less okay, but it is highly doubtful that I will revisit it in the near future if at all.

40-49: A little below average. I don’t really care for this tea and likely won’t have it again.

39 and lower: Varying degrees of yucky.

Don’t be surprised if my average scores are a bit on the high side because I tend to know what I like and what I dislike and will steer clear of teas I am likely to find unappealing.



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