|Hello unique leaves|
So I decided to go with Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea by Teavivre, a Spring harvested Green Tea from Anhui Province. These unique and rather large leaves are pressed flat in an oven when being processed, which gives them their fantastic, showy appearance. Feel free to click on the More Info tab on the link, there is a wealth of information that could fill up a blog post on its own about this specific tea. This beautiful tea is completely new to me and I had to brew it in my glass tea pot to get the complete view. The aroma of these large and vibrantly green leaves is sweet and very vegetal. Specifically notes of asparagus, fresh grass, and a touch of myrrh. Ok, that last one is more resinous than vegetal but it came in as a wisp at the tail end of the grass note. As an afterthought there is the aroma of fresh peaches, this tea very much so has the aroma of springtime.
The first thing I notice is the smooth and buttery mouthfeel, it feels really wonderful in my mouth. The taste is vegetal at first, like a mix of spinach and green beans with a slightly nutty quality. The nuttiness reminds me of macadamia nuts or maybe just a touch of sticky rice? There is a sweet aftertaste similar to sweetness that is naturally in macadamia nuts. As the tea cools it takes on a slight herbaceous tone and the mouthfeel becomes even more buttery. This tea is delicious, it made my gloomy spirit feel better by capturing a bit of the outside in my teapot. Sometimes you find really showy looking teas that end up having no taste, but this is certainly not the case with Tai Ping Hou Kui, I recommend giving it a try!
|This photo of the steeping leaves reminds me of my old freshwater aquarium.|