Nantou Spring Tips Green Tea

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This Nantou Spring Tips is a Spring Harvest 2012 green tea that comes from a 4,000 ft elevation (1,200 M) tea garden in the Aowanda National Forest area of Jenai Township in Nantou County, Central Taiwan. This green tea is made from a tea cultivar known as Jin Xuan, which is usually processed into a mildly fragrant oolong tea.

The Jin Xuan plants were planted in the mid-1980’s and have grown into very healthy & robust specimens. They have been grown using strictly natural agricultural methods. The careful, natural cultivation methods employed have enabled these plants to grow to very healthy and hearty plants which, in turn, produce tea with excellent body and a more robust character than their younger counterparts.

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This Jin Xuan green tea was hand picked and processed in mid April, 2012. The tea was plucked primarily using a two leaves to one bud standard, and, although there was some inevitable breakage during production, packaging and shipping, it has been handled carefully to avoid too much damage to the finished product.

Wen infused, the flavor of this tea is light, fresh, sweet and a bit floral, and there is a slightly creamy or milky element in the flavor, which comes from the Jin Xuan source materials.

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This is a very interesting tea! I got a 10g sample of it from Norbu. The tea uses jin xuan (milk oolong) source materials but is processed like a green tea. I wonder if this is how that other tea from the Bird Pick is processed too? Anyway, the leaves here are a bit longer and wiry and not rolled. There are some stems in the tea but that’s the way the Taiwanese drink it, I have heard.

I steeped this for about 3 minutes at 180F. This tea has a very creamy and fresh green flavor. I am also picking up on a bit of a floral quality here. It’s nice and gentle and pretty delicious! Breakfast this morning is a bowl of bananas and raspberries and this is a nice accompaniment. It’s not as buttery as the Bird Pick tea but I am finding it very pleasant. I think this would be a very popular tea if more people tried it – give it a shot! The samples from Norbu are a bargain.

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It’s been a long time since I have had any Norbu Teas in my stash! Reading all of your tasting notes makes me ponder an order :)


I am enjoying my teas from them, a lot!


I especially used to like their oolongs and some pu-erhs – they really shine in those teas!


Do you remember which pu-erhs you liked? I have the ye sheng wild tea log but haven’t tried it yet.


I can’t remember them all but I do recall the Lao Mansa Sheng Pu Erh – it was when I was first getting into pu erhs and it was mellower one to handle at the time. I think my Norbu Pu Erh experiences were about 2 years ago :)


ohhh a mellow pu erh. I shall have to look that up for my journey into pu erh. :D


I will try Norbu…….eventually! I’m trying to reduce my current stash a little.

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The Nantou Spring Tips Green tea is amazingly wonderful. not bitter yet full of flavor. It has that milky taste that sits

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This tea is very fresh and crisp. You can taste hints of light floralness. It steeps quite well and the leaves look beautiful.

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