First flush teas are supposed to be highly prized but for me, the taste doesn’t always live up to the hype. Second flush greens and darjeelings are often more robust than early picked tea. Take for example this Imperial Grade Laoshan green tea. I tore through 25g of the “Classic” second flush version of the same tea in no time but I haven’t been able to muster the same enthusiasm for its 1st flush counterpart. This has the familiar vegetal notes of soybean, fennel/anise, and green bean however they were washed out and the tea had little depth of flavor. The anise note in particular is a little too strong at times bordering on astringent. I also get fewer steeps from this than I do from the Classic laoshan green tea.
Lesson learned, higher grade doesn’t necessarily translate to better taste and I’m happy that I can save money by buying second flush teas.
Flavors: Anise, Fennel Seed, Green Beans, Oats, Soybean