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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chicago Tea Garden Loose Leaf Green Tea 'Lu Mu Dan Flowers' (Green Peony Flowers Tea)

Tea Information:
Tea: Lu Mu Dan Flowers (Green Peony Flowers Tea)
Type: Green Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Chicago Tea Garden
Purchase: Here
Description: Green Peony Flowers Tea is one of our most popular flowers tea. Its Chinese name is Green Peony (Lu Mu Dan). The peony form is very common for flowers teas.

When you first see Green Peony Tea, it is a flattened rosette. Our Green Peony Tea is made from quality spring-picked Huangshan Maofeng that are hand-tied into beautiful rosettes. Once the leaves are steeped they swell to create something that looks like peony flowers.

New DescriptionThese Lu Mu Dan flowers (also known as Green Peony) is made from spring-picked Huangshan Maofang that is hand-tied (see photos) into rosettes. Once the leaves are steeped the leaves plump up and become bright green. Use these flowers to steep an entire pot of tea or steep them with quick subsequent steeps when using a smaller amount of water.The liquor is bright yellow and the taste is mellow, with a sweet/smoky aftertaste.

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 flower - 6.7g
Water: ~185°F 16 ounces (oopse, it was supposed to be a 6 ounce cup!)
Tool: Adagio IngenuiTEA 16 oz
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: floral
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, garden green
Flavor: sweet, floral, vegetal, slightly astringent, slightly bitter
Body: Light
Aftertaste: sweet, slightly astringent, slightly bitter
Liquor: pale translucent yellow-green

A free sample from Chicago Tea Garden, I am more than excited to get my paws on a tea before it even gets listed on the website!

And a pretty decorative one at that.

Well I wasn't paying attention obviously! I used too much water, and wasn't particularly swift about retrieving the tea when the timer went off.

Luckily the tea took the abuse and rolled with it, it was nice and delicate and pretty good for an afternoon cup, definitely not bold enough to be a morning cup of tea, or sweet enough to be dessert.

Next time I want to sweeten it.

Resteep: It was supposed to be 8 ounces, 5 minutes. I forgot about the flower! Not sure how long it was in. I took a few sips and it was pretty much a slightly weaker /

more delicate version of the first steep. I stirred in a honey spoon, and the honey spoon totally hid the flavor of the tea, boo! I should have used sugar. So it was a honey water with floral notes and a vegetal after taste.

Resteep: Again, it was supposed to be 8 ounces, 5 minutes. Again I forgot about the poor flower. So after an indeterminate amount of time I got a cup of floral, vegetal bitter tea.

The first steep was enjoyable, and I messed up the second two steeps. This flower does have staying power, and yes It does remind me of a pretty peony when viewed from above after steeping.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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