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Friday, March 12, 2010

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

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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

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: 2.2g
Additives: none
Water: 12 ounces hot spigot water tempered with a bit of cold fountain water (aiming on 170)
I just dumped the leaves in the mug and kept them there, no straining or anything, tried to use my teeth to avoid drinking leaves.
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: very light bad to get very close to smell it, vegetal and sweet
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal, refreshing (springy?) sweet
Flavor: vegetal, sweet, refreshing, not minty like it was last night, I blame the root beer float
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter on the roof of my moth as opposed to tongue
Liquor: pale yellow-green

I have never just dumped leaves in my cup before, but I was eager to try this tea again, and I am at work...and I didn't want to confine the pretty leaves to the paper I ended up drinking a few leaves but it went OK.

For the timing, I started at 1 min, it was too weak, then some servers crashed and i couldn't’t get back to drinking until 5 min, 2 would likely have done better for the taste.

I sort of liked the mint tang-i miss it. It definitely was a clay zarafina teapot leftover flavor from the root beer float.

It is still a refreshing green tea, but it now has that bitter after tang i do NOT like

Now I think it needs some honey? sugar?

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep1: 12 ounces hot water spigot, with honey, 2 min
DELICIOUS, no bitter after taste just sweet vegetal refreshing tea that sniffing makes me think spring garden as opposed to the muck outside

Resteep2: 12 ounces hot water spigot, no additives
Sweet, refreshing, vegetal and light, still enjoyable though (after 2 min I started sipping)

Resteep3: 12 ounces hot water spigot, no additives
Weak and watery, not much flavor, might just chug and be done.

Rating: 2/3

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