"Mother's Tea" Limited Edition

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In spite of this name, this tea is not intentionally made for Mother’s Day. However, it’s indeed made by a Mom! Purchase is limited to 2 units per buyer. This tea is very much under-priced for its quality, as this tea was manually made by a retired mom who didn’t make it for profit. We have obtained small amount of this tea to share with green tea lovers. For similar flavor profile, please also take a look at our Huang Shan Cloud.

Production Year: 2013
Production Season: April, 2013
Production Region: Anhui Province
Style: Chao Qing (pan-fried)
Pack Size: 0.9 oz. (25g pack)

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No longer available from LIT for 2013, this is nice green. Reminded me a lot of Verdant’s Laoshan Green. Vegetal with a profile that transforms from steep to steep. Initial creaminess with Laoshan-like green bean/snap pea flavors, followed by a steep after steep of progressive dryness, leaving me salivating to start the process all over again. A sweet undercurrent painted each sip and lingered long after my cup had been drained. There’s something quaint about the tea’s origin, and I can’t help but imagine a little old lady tending to this tea for all our benefit. This is a solid green that I enjoy.

Steep times varied, starting at about 30 secs, a bit shorter for the 2nd and then going progressively longer at about 15-20 sec increments. I kept the water at traditional green tea temps (contrary to LIT’s recommendations to go hotter), with some variation due to reheating and cooling of my kettle over the half hour or so that I enjoyed the 5-6 infusions. Not a single steep disappointed, and at no time did I feel this tea fragile or finicky.

Liquor was lovely light yellowish green, clean and refreshing. I imagine this would be satisfying iced, though that’s not usually my thing.

From a caffeine standpoint, I was neither under or overwhelmed. Nice mid-day experience.

…and here I am wrapping up this note thinking this latest 5th or 6th steep would be beat, steeping it a good solid 1.5-2 mins. Low and behold I’m surprised by a wonderfully complex cup, expecting it to be tapped out and weak. A little more astringent this time around, tingly on the tongue and somewhat explosive to taste. Huh, that little old lady’s got some surprises up her sleeve.

Teas are meant to be enjoyed, though I’m tempted to horde this, saving it for another day. But I think it would be better to honor it by drinking, savoring and sharing it without delay!

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Mark B

Said goodbye to this tea for 2013. Hope to see you next year.

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