I’ve discovered that I prefer the 2nd flushes of most green teas over the softer, more expensive first flush teas. This tea is a case in point. The leaves are beautiful dark green blades pressed flat like dragonwell. On the nose, I get aromas of dark leafy greens, cabbage, spinach, and stir fried vegetables. When brewed it has a green bean-ish taste and with notes of spice, cooked vegetables, and a bit of smoke. Occasionally I can detect undertones of melon and fennel. Being a shade grown tea, there’s a hint of umami as well.
The flavor isn’t bad, but compared to regular laoshan green tea it’s not as zesty nor as satisfying. The mouthfeel is thin and the spice can be too strong at times. For best results, brew with a light hand.
Flavors: Green Beans, Melon, Smoke, Spices, Spinach, Vegetables