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Green Tea
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Flavors
Candy, Floral, Grass, Herbs, Meat, Sweet, Thyme, Umami, Vegetables, Zucchini, Bitter, Pleasantly Sour, Sour, Tangy
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155 °F / 68 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 11 oz / 333 ml

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  • “A word to cold-brew fans. I typically leaf my cold-brewed greens lightly. Last night, I used 3 grams to 500mL and tasted the tea this morning. It’s really light, even for me. I won’t at the time...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Like for derk, this is also the first 2019 tea for me. Here in Ontario, the spring hasn’t arrived yet, but while we anticipate its arrival, we can at least drink some fresh tea, right? This...” Read full tasting note
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From Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahh, the emerald dance of spring! This is our first release for this year, and marks the beginning of an exciting spring harvest!

Esmerelda is a beautiful green tea from Yunnan, China. The flavor is super clean and bright, with a warm nuttiness and the sweet freshness of spring coming through in the whole experience. One of my first remarks when drinking this tea was “this tea has absolutely no edges”, and that’s continued to be my favorite aspect of this one! It’s easy to drink anytime of day, and doesn’t beg for attention, but there are subtle complexities there if you’re willing to search for them! :-)

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Whispering Pines Tea Company is dedicated to bringing you the most original, pure, beautiful tea blends. We use only the highest quality ingredients available to create additive-free teas teas inspired by the pristine wilderness of Northern Michigan. Our main focus is on customer satisfaction and quality.

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A word to cold-brew fans.

I typically leaf my cold-brewed greens lightly. Last night, I used 3 grams to 500mL and tasted the tea this morning. It’s really light, even for me. I won’t at the time recommend doubling your leaf amount since I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll be doing so tonight. The wet leaf smells so lovely sweet and creamy. I’m hoping a heavier hand will bring out some of that in taste.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 g 17 OZ / 500 ML
Mastress Alita

I’m normally light in leaf too, and it is close to that ratio. I tend to do 5g of green tea or 6g of white tea for a quart.

derk

Little update: 6g to 500mL was fantastic. Hint of creaminess, sweeter, stronger Mao Feng green tea character — at least I’m guessing it’s a Mao Feng.

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Like for derk, this is also the first 2019 tea for me. Here in Ontario, the spring hasn’t arrived yet, but while we anticipate its arrival, we can at least drink some fresh tea, right?

This particular tea is quite a light one, it reminds me of the first flush Mao Feng offered by YS. It is characterized by a clean and crisp taste of green vegetables with an underlying floral sweetness. Despite being on the lighter side, it is fairly complex, especially when using a higher amount of leaves. The aromas are nutty and floral, with notes like swiss chard, candies, courgette and lamb. Taste starts savoury, but quickly transforms into a sweet and grassy one. Apart from the flavours mentioned, I also notice chicory and white fish meat resembling ones. Aftertaste is weak, but there are similar notes complemented by some herbal ones like Breckland thyme.

I find that this tea performs better with longer infusion times and quite a high leaf/water ratio. For this session I used 4.5g/180ml and steeped 3 infusions for several minutes each. The body is fuller than with shorter brewing times. The mouthfeel is slightly less smooth, but I think the astringency actually adds to the experience.

Flavors: Candy, Floral, Grass, Herbs, Meat, Sweet, Thyme, Umami, Vegetables, Zucchini

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
derk

Seems like a versatile tea.

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