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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 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: 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 tsac....so 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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