Yunnan "Pine Needles" Green Tea from Mengku * Spring 2017

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea Leaves
Flavors
Astringent, Butter, Chestnut, Corn Husk, Grass, Hay, Lemon Zest, Lime, Malt, Mineral, Molasses, Pine, Plums, Seaweed, Smoke, Spinach, Straw, Umami, Marine, Peach
Sold in
Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by eastkyteaguy
Average preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 oz / 119 ml

Currently unavailable

We don't know when or if this item will be available.

From Our Community

3 Images

0 Want it Want it

0 Own it Own it

3 Tasting Notes View all

  • “I thought I smelled peach at first, so was a little surprised with the smooth savoury flavour. It is a very pleasant tea. Kind of reminds me of comfort food- satisfying, tasty and very drinkable,...” Read full tasting note
    75
  • “Even with me going through black teas like General Sherman through Georgia this week, I managed to make the time for a green tea and a couple oolongs. I finished the last of a pouch of this tea...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “A very buttery and somewhat marine tasting green. Moderate peachy sweetness with moderate-high astringency for a green tea. Slight floral aroma that lingers in the mouth. A pretty nice green, but...” Read full tasting note
    80

From Yunnan Sourcing

This lovely tea is grown in Mengku County of Lincang in a village called “Dofu Zhai” (aka Tofu Village). It’s a local varietal, a hybrid of pure Assamica and Change Ye Bai Hao. The tea was picked and processed between March 8th and 11th. The tea is fried by and in a wok, rolled, wilted very very briefly and then dried by hand in a wok again. At this final stage the tea is pressed flat again to make is straight and pointy. The finished product is a silver and green needled tea that locals call “Song Zhen” (Pine Needles).

In addition to its beautiful appearance, the tea brews up a lovely bright green-yellow tea soup with hints of raw chestnut and umami. The tea is thick and lubricating to the mouth and throat (never drying or harsh). A fine Yunnan green tea that complex, delicate and satisfying to experience!

March 2017 Harvest and processing.

About Yunnan Sourcing View company

Company description not available.

3 Tasting Notes

75
26 tasting notes

I thought I smelled peach at first, so was a little surprised with the smooth savoury flavour. It is a very pleasant tea. Kind of reminds me of comfort food- satisfying, tasty and very drinkable, without having an X factor. There is a slight after taste which I am unsure about.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
847 tasting notes

Even with me going through black teas like General Sherman through Georgia this week, I managed to make the time for a green tea and a couple oolongs. I finished the last of a pouch of this tea last night and was finally able to arrive at an opinion of it after going back and forth about it for several days. I ultimately decided that I greatly enjoying this tea, though I suppose that should not come as a surprise considering that I have professed my adoration of Yunnan green teas numerous times in the past.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in a 4 ounce gaiwan filled with 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 produced aromas of sorghum, hay, and corn husk. After the rinse, I noted fresh aromas of malt, straw, spinach, and seaweed. The first infusion brought out hints of damp grass and pine on the nose. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered notes of corn husk, hay, straw, grass, malt, and pine underscored by hints of sorghum molasses. Subsequent infusions saw the nose take on grassier, fruitier, and more marine characteristics with a strongly brothy umami presence also apparent. In the mouth, seaweed and spinach emerged with new impressions of sour plum, lemon zest, chestnut, butter, minerals, umami, and lime zest hot on their heels as the tea turned more noticeably astringent. I could also note some hints of smoke on at least a couple of these infusions. The closing infusions offered lingering notes of minerals, malt, corn husk, and sour plum backed by subtle umami, seaweed, chestnut, and hay impressions.

A strong, lively, pungent, and rather astringent green tea, I could see this one being an acquired taste for a number of people. I, however, love Mengku teas and have been especially fond of the very few other pine needle green teas that I have tried in the past. With that in mind, it makes sense that I eventually came to the conclusion that I loved this tea. If you do not mind a sharper, more biting, more powerful green tea, consider giving this one a shot. I doubt it will disappoint.

Flavors: Astringent, Butter, Chestnut, Corn Husk, Grass, Hay, Lemon Zest, Lime, Malt, Mineral, Molasses, Pine, Plums, Seaweed, Smoke, Spinach, Straw, Umami

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
LuckyMe

Your description of this tea lines up with my experience with most YS greens. They tend to be pretty in-your-face and more savory than other green teas.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80
317 tasting notes

A very buttery and somewhat marine tasting green. Moderate peachy sweetness with moderate-high astringency for a green tea. Slight floral aroma that lingers in the mouth. A pretty nice green, but not my favorite from YS.

Flavors: Astringent, Butter, Marine, Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.