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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Life In Teacup Loose Leaf Green Tea 'Frosty Spring Yunnan'

Tea Information:
Tea: Frosty Spring Yunnan Roast Green
Type: Green Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Life In Teacup
Purchase: Here
Description: Dear friends, earliest 2010 green tea has arrived at Life In Teacup. Purchase information will be updated soon at http://www.LifeInTeacup.com

Without exaggeration, it’s the earliest tea of the year. It was harvested on January, 1, 2010 in the subtropic region of Yunnan, China.


Production Year: 2010
Production Season: Pre-Spring, January, 1, 2010
Production Region: Yunan Province, Xi Shuang Ban Na
Style: Hong Qing (roast to kill enzyme)

Steep Information:
Amount: 4g
Additives: none, MilitiaJim: Honey
Water: 2 zarafina cups filtered water
Tool: Zarafina Green-Loose-Medium
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: very light bad to get very close to smell it, vegetal and sweet
Steeped Tea Smell:
AmazonV: again a very light smell, vegetal, light, sweet, minty
MilitiaJim: medicinal
Bobbie: bengay
Flavor:
AmazonV: delicate, light, sweet, minty, refreshing
MilitiaJim: earthy like an unwashed potato, maybe dirty cinnamon
Bobbie: eww
Body: Light
Aftertaste: minty, refreshing, tingly
Liquor: pale yellow-green

So Bobbie and MilitiaJim gave me their teas to finish as they did not like this tea at all. I was surprised I liked this tea and found it refreshing as I am not a green tea person.

I did find it earthier with the clover honey. Not in a bad way though.

I think this tea came though best without additives.

From the name, and other Steepster reviews, I was expecting something else, not minty refreshing. Perhaps I am the only one getting this taste? I feel sort of alone and crazy.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep1: Zarafina, 2 c, Green-Loose-Medium
pretty much the same as the first steep, less tingly though

Resteep2: Zarafina, 2 c, Green-Loose-Strong
pretty much the same as the first steep, back to tingly

Resteep3: Zarafina, 2 c, Green-Loose-Strong
finally! watery but drinkable

Resteep4: Zarafina, 2 c, Green-Loose-Strong
watery, yet drinkable *sigh*
seriously, SO MUCH TEA, I guess this is a great tea for work, keep on going all day.

I was thinking. The last tea brewed here was the Root Beer Float which was kind of minty. What if the zarafina took on the minty flavor? Even after I washed it? I have enough for 1 cup left of dry leaf I can try another day though another method to see if the mint came from the root beer float.

Rating: 2/3




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