China Guizhou 'Dew Drops' Green Tea

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea Leaves
Flavors
Beany, Floral, Green Beans, Hot hay, Mineral, Orchid, Peas, Vegetal, Almond, Anise, Bamboo, Bitter, Butter, Chestnut, Cream, Cucumber, Gardenias, Grain, Grass, Honey, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lettuce, Malt, Mint, Nectar, Oats, Pine, Seaweed, Soybean, Spinach, Straw, Umami, Hay, Toasted Rice, Citrus, Cut grass, Green Apple, Milk, Vegetable Broth, Mango
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Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 4 g 7 oz / 203 ml

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  • “My cat has a very weird hang-up about going downstairs to eat unless I go with her. She’ll just lurk in my room giving me the evil eye as I try to work on my computer or get downright whiny until I...” Read full tasting note
    76
  • “A series of warm days toward the end of October. The birds are having a last frolic and song as the days get shorter and the nights get cold. A tea fit for the moment. May 2019 harvest. ...” Read full tasting note
    87
  • “Okay, here is the third and likely final backlogged review for the day. This was yet another mid-late June sipdown. At the time I was working my way through what I had of this tea, it was very...” Read full tasting note
    87
  • “This might be one of the most refreshing things I’ve ever put in my mouth. Loads of green acidity and bitterness, but only in a good way. The complexity isn’t lost at all. Like many shades of...” Read full tasting note
    75

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A smooth green tea with a floral lemon aroma coupled with a sweet lingering taste of grass and lemon.

Tasting Notes:
- Floral lemon aroma
- Smooth texture
- Sweet taste of grass and lemon

Harvest: Spring, March 2017

Origin: Maodong, Guizhou, China
Organic: Certified organic

Variety: Sinensis

Sourced: Direct from the tea factory

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 80°C/176°F
- Use 1 teaspoon per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 1-2 minutes

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My cat has a very weird hang-up about going downstairs to eat unless I go with her. She’ll just lurk in my room giving me the evil eye as I try to work on my computer or get downright whiny until I finally take a break and escort her downstairs… once we are both on the bottom floor, she will happily eat. Don’t know why she can’t be a strong, independant woman who can eat by herself, honestly… in any event, since today she was doing her thing, I decided I may as well have a tea break while I was sitting there letting her take her nibbles before I got back to what I was doing, and brewed a small pot of this from a sampler so old I should be ashamed. Doubly so since it is green tea (the packet says it is an Autumn 2017 harvest, cough cough). Ah well, I’m still going to drink it. With everything else going on in the world, I think drinking expired tea is the least of my worries…

It smells surprisingly floral, an aroma I’d expect more from a green oolong than a green tea. I do get a somewhat beany scent from the aroma as well, but it is overpowered by the perfumy florality. The tea is a goldenrod color in the cup, and the flavor is like some of the more floral Bi Luo Chuns I’ve had in the past. I’m getting that vegetal beany/pea sort of flavor I usually taste in a Bi Luo Chun, but I’m also tasting a sweet orchid/lilac flavor that I most often taste in green oolongs. There are also notes of hay and minerals that settle over my tongue towards the end of the sip. I really like it! Neither flavor really overpowers the other, and while they may sound quite uncomplementary, the taste is very pleasant.

Flavors: Beany, Floral, Green Beans, Hot hay, Mineral, Orchid, Peas, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 14 OZ / 400 ML
tea-sipper

What about keeping a bit of cat food upstairs? But that just means your cat loves having you around. :D

Mastress Alita

When I go to bed at night, I actually do have to move the food dish upstairs! (It was the only way I could stop her crying in the night when I first brought her in!) During the day I tend to leave it in the kitchen, though. Just to lessen all the trips hauling the thing up and down the stairs, heh.

tea-sipper

Oh jeeze. Maybe she just likes to see you move the food around. haha

eastkyteaguy

I have one who requires constant company as well. I can’t sit down anywhere in my house without her jumping on me. Bending over is dangerous too, as she likes to climb me and sit on my shoulder. There is no longer any such thing as a peaceful trip to the bathroom. She literally has to go everywhere with me when she’s awake. Bizarrely, she will not sleep in my bedroom. Instead, she sleeps outside my bedroom door. Her new thing is crying and rattling the door if she doesn’t think I’m getting up early enough. Needless to say I have not had much sleep in the last couple of days.

tea-sipper

That is very bizarre, eastkyteaguy. If only there was a cat psychologist…

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709 tasting notes

A series of warm days toward the end of October. The birds are having a last frolic and song as the days get shorter and the nights get cold.

A tea fit for the moment.

May 2019 harvest. Bluish-grey-green twisted/rolled pebbles smell like chestnut, bamboo, cream, seaweed, sweet-grainy like Grape Nuts cereal.

First several steeps are fairly pungent and savory, presenting a well integrated array of flavors. Lemon, mineral, chestnut, cream, grass, bamboo, grain, oats, soybean, light gardenia florality, hints of malt. Medium-bodied with lots of clean salivation and tingling. Lightly drying umami finish with cooling mint in the throat. The color is spring green. A pleasant bitterness comes in on the second steep, adding another dimension and persists through the final infusion. Moderate chestnut-bamboo aroma. Bottom of the cup smells strongly of anise, almond and pine. I feel the energy. Calm, contemplative, accepting.

With the fourth infusion, the umami-chestnut character of the tea drops away, leaving lighter green tea impressions of cucumber, lemongrass, and straw and hints of spinach and seaweed with a light honey-nectar sweetness in the back of the mouth. The tea finally gives way to only green grass and minerals with butter on the swallow and in the aftertaste.

A unique organic green tea from the under-represented Guizhou province. There was enough character to keep me engaged, with a sort of grounding effect from the umami and bitterness while remaining playful with lemon, minerality and mint. I enjoyed its rather smooth transition into the final infusion. This tea also has some great longevity for a green, giving 9 solid steeps and another 3 more that closed out the session gently. I can see this tea being a bit jarring for those inexperienced with umami-heavy greens but at the same time I think it’s a good first step to exploring more pungent and bitter Chinese green teas.

Song pairing: Modest Mouse — World At Large
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIJKJdsAszw
How 15 years pass. Too much thinking lately.

Flavors: Almond, Anise, Bamboo, Bitter, Butter, Chestnut, Cream, Cucumber, Gardenias, Grain, Grass, Honey, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lettuce, Malt, Mineral, Mint, Nectar, Oats, Pine, Seaweed, Soybean, Spinach, Straw, Umami

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Okay, here is the third and likely final backlogged review for the day. This was yet another mid-late June sipdown. At the time I was working my way through what I had of this tea, it was very likely the first tea from Guizhou province that I had tried. Regardless, I found it to be an extremely pleasant green tea with some interesting herbal undertones.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a brief rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 176 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 14 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of hay, lemon, seaweed, and malt. After the rinse, I detected a subtle cream aroma. The first infusion then brought out scents of grass and straw. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented delicate notes of hay, lemon, seaweed, grass, straw, and cream that were chased by hints of honey sweetness. The bulk of the subsequent infusions brought out scents of toasted rice and umami along with subtle mintiness and nuttiness on the nose. In the mouth, I detected subtle, belatedly emerging malt notes as well as impressions of chestnut, barley, toasted rice, bamboo, minerals, and lettuce. When I really focused, I could also detect very subtle spinach and mint notes, though the mint presence did eventually strengthen to a limited extent. The later infusions emphasized mineral, grass, seaweed, and spinach notes that were underscored by vague umami. There were also traces of mint and honey on the swallow.

I found this to be a very unique Chinese green tea in the sense that I did not find it to have much in common with many of the other Chinese green teas I had recently consumed. It may have just been me, but this tea’s body and texture coupled with some of its aroma and flavor components reminded me a little of some Japanese green teas. Overall, this was an interesting and very satisfying green tea, one that I am fairly certain fans of subtler, more mellow green teas would enjoy.

Flavors: Bamboo, Chestnut, Cream, Grain, Grass, Hay, Honey, Lemon, Lettuce, Malt, Mineral, Mint, Seaweed, Spinach, Straw, Toasted Rice, Umami

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
derk

This one has been sitting in my What-Cha wishlist for a few months and if it’s still in stock, will likely move into my cart in the spring. Thanks for the review.

eastkyteaguy

No problem. I hope you enjoy it.

eastkyteaguy

derk, I just checked the website and it appears that the 2018 harvest of this tea is available. It was only like $4.62 for 25g.

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25 tasting notes

This might be one of the most refreshing things I’ve ever put in my mouth. Loads of green acidity and bitterness, but only in a good way. The complexity isn’t lost at all. Like many shades of green. Repeated steeping lost some of the zing but added to the breadth of flavours.

(H score 6/10, Autumn harvest Sept 2017)

Flavors: Citrus, Cucumber, Cut grass, Grass, Green Apple

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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6 tasting notes

So far, all the teas from this provider have been exceptional but unfortunately this one has been a bit of a meh.

I started brewing this tea at 80 C, but on the second steep there needed to be an increase in temperature of 5 C. Honestly, I am not convinced, the flavour was not present and I couldn’t find a scent nor a taste.
Probably, though not making any promises, will repurchase a small package to see if I am in the wrong and give it another taste.

For now it’s a “I don’t know”.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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484 tasting notes

This was a really pleasant green tea. It has a wonderful aroma of milk, flowers, spinach, and sweet grass. The smell in fact resembled a nice Jin Xuan oolong more than a green. The taste is smooth and mellow with delicate notes of sweet pea, cucumber, and crisp butter lettuce. In subsequent steepings, the flavor changes to a light vegetable broth and reveals hints of green bean and spinach. I got about 4-5 good quality steeps out of it. The soft, clean flavor of this tea makes this a good tea for beginners and people who don’t drink green tea.

Flavors: Cucumber, Green Beans, Lettuce, Milk, Peas, Spinach, Vegetable Broth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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7 tasting notes

Was a good light tea. Definitely had hints of grass and lemon. Smooth tea.

Flavors: Grass, Lemon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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