Organic Ming Qian Long Ya Green Tea

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Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea
Flavors
Asparagus, Bitter, Broccoli, Butter, Grass, Spicy, Spinach
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  • “This tea has an interesting smell that’s a mix of bread dough, asparagus, cabbage and stir fry. The taste has a strong umami and vegetable notes. It is quite unique, although the closest comparison...” Read full tasting note
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  • “First I thought that this was a version of the well-reviewed Teavivre’s Organic Nonpareil Dragon Well but this is a totally different tea despite the tea leaves looking remarkably similar. It is...” Read full tasting note
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Ming Qian Tea refers to the tea leaves picked before Qing Ming Day (April 4). The Ming Qian Tea has rich texture and better freshness with a chill from the early spring, slight cold and elegant, but it absolutely has amazing ability, surging aroma, sweeter, mellower and smoother taste.

This organic tea has flattened leaves and needle-like shape with fresh aroma. As the high mountain tea leaves are very tender, after been through a whole cold winter, they are rich in endoplasmic substances and nutrients. The fresh leaves of Long Ya Green tea need to go through various complicated processes such as Sha Qing, ordering, shaping, and drying, so that to become the high quality drinkable tea. Besides, in order to preserve the shape of the tea, the process of Sha Qing must not be excessively kneaded, and also requires professional skills of tea makers.

TeaVivre’s Organic Ming Qian Long Ya Green Tea is manually picked, made by the single tea buds and one bud with one unopened leaf. After finished the making process, tea makers will select the leaves again to make sure the tea leaves is beautiful and neatly arranged. The tea liquid is bright and clear; tastes sweet, mellow with a fresh chestnut aroma, which will make us feel very comfortable after drinking. In addition, this tea is so ornamental that we can also brew it in a glass tea cup. Seeing tea leaves dance in the hot water, like the spring bamboo shoots after the rain, pleasing and delightful.

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This tea has an interesting smell that’s a mix of bread dough, asparagus, cabbage and stir fry. The taste has a strong umami and vegetable notes. It is quite unique, although the closest comparison would probably be a mix of a robust Long Jing and a Laoshan green tea.

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First I thought that this was a version of the well-reviewed Teavivre’s Organic Nonpareil Dragon Well but this is a totally different tea despite the tea leaves looking remarkably similar. It is from Sichuan. I had it both gongfu and western with equally satisfying results.

The leaves are pretty and have a nice aroma similar to dragon wells. The taste reminded me of dragonwells as well, with grass, asparagus, spinach, broccoli and butter. Also, some faint sweetness and spiciness. Way to often green teas feel to weak and understated to me but this one had a strong bitter-sour note that blended well with the rest of the flavors and was quite welcome. This note lingered and transformed into the grass, spicy and pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

It is a complex and bold (for a green) tea. The complexity fades somewhat during the gongfu session but it remains enjoyable for multiple steepings nevertheless. Actually, it becomes intiguingly savory and sweet. This is probably the best green I tried so far but it’s on the pricey side with $0.40 per gram, so I guess the high quality should be expected. Also, it is 10 months old by now, which leaves the possibility of it is being fantastic when the leaves are just picked.

Flavors: Asparagus, Bitter, Broccoli, Butter, Grass, Spicy, Spinach

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