Tea: Zhu Ye Qing (Bamboo Leaf Green)
Type: Green Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Reseller: Life In Teacup
Production Year: 2009
Production Season: Spring
Production Region: Sichuan Province
Style: Chao Qing (stir-fry to kill enzyme)
Amount: 5.1g (it was too hard to spoon measure)
Water: 1 teapot (2c) full filtered boiling, then let sit to 165 degrees
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: grassy
Steeped Tea Smell: grassy
Flavor: watery, vegetal, but smooth, maybe a little nutty?
Aftertaste: bitter, vegetal that lingers
Liquor: transparent with a green tint
I got this as part of a sample set from Life in Teacup.
I failed to follow directions and left the lid on (http://www.lifeinteacup.com/brewing-tea) the water was too cool, and perhaps I should have steeped a bit longer *sigh*. I am not even sure if i used too little to too many tea leaves.
Overall it was the weakness of the flavor and the bitter aftertaste that are turning me off. At first you sniff and there is the hint of grass. The you sip and you get smooth water...then grass/vegetal...and if you look hard enough this slight nut flavor comes out. Then you swallow, and you get this bitterness coating your tongue. The bitterness fades and you entire tongue seems to have a sheen of vegetation on it, it's a fuzzy feeling.
Post-Steep Additives: none