Organic Chun Ya (Spring Bud) Green Tea

Tea type
Green Tea
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Flavors
Acidic, Creamy, Elderflower, Floral, Grass, Green Beans, Roasty, Smooth, Vegetal, Asparagus, Bitter, Butter, Chestnut, Earth, Herbaceous, Hops, Pine, Spinach, Flowers, Sweet, Green, Sugarcane, Umami
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185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec 4 g 7 oz / 216 ml

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  • “Decent green tea! I got the 2022 harvest of this tea from my Teavivre order, and this tea epitomises a tea that is simple, but works. Beautiful, consistent leaves with a really nice and complex...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Chun Ya is a green tea I haven’t heard about that often, and the dearth of notes on it suggests I’m not the only one. I steeped around 3 g of leaf in an 85 ml teapot at 185F for 10, 15, 20, 30, 40,...” Read full tasting note
  • “Meh, this was a pretty basic green with a generic flavor. Sweet flowery aroma similar to another Teavivre green, Tian Mu Yun Wu. However it tastes like a bowl of green beans. Hot or cold...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is a sample I found last night as I was making supper. We were having Japanese eggplant and red sweet pepper (from our garden) with carrot and onion tossed with Asian noodles and a lightly...” Read full tasting note

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Origin:
Mt. Tiangong (天宫山), Juexi Town, Yibin City, Sichuan Province, China

Harvest Time:
March 15, 2018

Plucking Standard:

One bud with one or two leaves

Dry leaf:
Tightly curled tea leaves, blackish green color with white hairs

Aroma:
A delicious mixed aroma of bean and flower

Liquor:
Bright yellowish green

Taste:
Refreshing and sweet taste; thick texture and long-lasting bean aroma

Tea Bush:
Ming Xuan 131 Tea

Tea Garden:
Mt. Tiangong Organic Tea Garden (about 900m to 1350m above sea level)

Caffeine:
Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated

Shelf Life:
18 Months

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6 Tasting Notes

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73 tasting notes

Decent green tea! I got the 2022 harvest of this tea from my Teavivre order, and this tea epitomises a tea that is simple, but works. Beautiful, consistent leaves with a really nice and complex aroma, paired with a beautiful liquor and a great steep longevity. This tea had a nice flavour but it was very one dimensional and it wasn’t very rich. This tea also was quite average in terms of texture, finish, aftertaste, and character. It didn’t have any noticeable cha-qi effect. All in all, a simple green tea that works well as a daily drinker, especially for the price. Just beware that this tea can be a bit finnicky to brew, and a slight mistake in temperature or brewing time can make the cup bitter very easily.

Flavors: Acidic, Creamy, Elderflower, Floral, Grass, Green Beans, Roasty, Smooth, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Chun Ya is a green tea I haven’t heard about that often, and the dearth of notes on it suggests I’m not the only one. I steeped around 3 g of leaf in an 85 ml teapot at 185F for 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 80, 120, and 240 seconds. I also steeped about 2 g of tea in 200 ml of 185F water starting at 4 minutes, adding hot water as needed.

The dry aroma is of flowers, green beans, and chestnuts. The first gongfu steep has notes of green beans, spinach, chestnuts, grass, and faint florals. The next steep has a hoppy/piny bitterness and adds brussels sprouts and watercress. The next couple steeps have notes of hops, cilantro, spinach, asparagus, and chestnuts and are getting bitter. The final few steeps are predictably earthy and bitter, with notes of brussels sprouts, spinach, and grass.

As with the other green teas, bowl steeping brings out many of the pleasant notes (chestnuts, hops, florals, asparagus, spinach) without the increasingly unpleasant bitterness. What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in drinkability.

I have to say that to my untrained palate, these green teas are much of a muchness. This one is less savoury than the Lu Shan Yun Wu but less nutty/sweet/elegant than the Huo Shan Huang Ya and Bi Luo Chun. I think I would repurchase all of these three teas instead of this one. I already cheated on this drink-all-my-green-teas project with a Red Jade hongcha from What-Cha and an Alishan from Tillerman (no regrets!). However, I will keep forging ahead. Thanks to Teavivre for the samples!

Flavors: Asparagus, Bitter, Butter, Chestnut, Earth, Floral, Grass, Green Beans, Herbaceous, Hops, Pine, Spinach, Vegetal

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

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Meh, this was a pretty basic green with a generic flavor. Sweet flowery aroma similar to another Teavivre green, Tian Mu Yun Wu. However it tastes like a bowl of green beans. Hot or cold steeped, there’s nothing really memorable about this tea. Will use the rest in my stash for blending but don’t care to have it straight.

Flavors: Flowers, Green Beans

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 240 ML

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2777 tasting notes

This is a sample I found last night as I was making supper. We were having Japanese eggplant and red sweet pepper (from our garden) with carrot and onion tossed with Asian noodles and a lightly creamy sauce made with beef broth, soy sauce, and mayo. Since the meal had an Asian vibe even though it wasn’t strictly Asian, I thought I would pair it with a green tea rather than serving the sweet hibiscus tea already iced in the fridge.

Wow. This was amazing with the meal. When a green tea has some astringency or briskness, you can eat a fairly heavy or flavorful food and still REALLY taste the tea. This one came across as super sweet vegetal. Think of ultra sweet sugar snap peas. It also put me in mind of some raw corn on the cob that an old farmer at the state farmer’s market would entice people to try. It was so sweet, some people preferred it uncooked. THAT was what this tea reminded me of.

Once the food was gone, I kept sipping. Now the briskness is apparent, but not unpleasant. The flavor has a real mouth-filling richness.

I told my husband that my affection for this tea has tied it with my love for HuangShan Mao Feng. Alas, it is no longer available. Good thing I just got a big pouch of HuangShan in the mail….

Kawaii433

The Japanese eggplant-noodle dish sounds heavenly, Ashmanra <3. The tea does too! :D

ashmanra

Thanks, Kawaii433! It is both quick to make and tasty to eat, which makes it a frequent meal here using whatever veggies we have on hand, especially good if the garden is still producing. We are coming to the end of the season but we had a decent haul this year!

gmathis

You had me until you said mayo :)

ashmanra

Only a dollop for the creaminess! You can substitute sour cream!

mrmopar

Yeah we are closing up the garden as well. Love the fresh stuff we get from it. Ever tried Ponzu?

ashmanra

Thanks to you, I have a bottle or two on hand! You recommended it a year or two ago and I bought some. It is good!

mrmopar

We love it. We found a lime version of it too.

ashmanra

That’s the one in the fridge right now!

derk

Oh my gosh, that sounds so good. I’ll trust your use of mayo, haha. We had our biggest harvest yet yesterday, right before the equinox. The summer garden here doesn’t quit until November and by then we should be getting all the leafy greens and peas.

ashmanra

Ha ha! Instead of mayo, you could thicken your sauce with a little flour or cornstarch! I tried it because CoreLife Eatery has a chicken ranch salad and it got me to thinking that an herbed mayo would be good with vegetables…and from there to adding a bit to my veggies and noodles. Also, I have a weakness for yumyum sauce and started putting it on a lot of things. Rachel Riley says that in Russia they put mayo on pretty much everything they eat, and I think that also helped get me curious about herbed mayo with lots of dishes.

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836 tasting notes

Soft sweetness with spinach overtones. Medium-thick mouthfeel

Flavors: Chestnut, Spinach, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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318 tasting notes

Very tasty green, similar to the Sichuan greens in the White2Tea club a few months back, but much more affordable. Savory and sweet, tastes of chestnut, sugarcane, and green vegetables.

Flavors: Chestnut, Green, Sugarcane, Umami

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
ashmanra

Sounds divine!

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