Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Teavivre: Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea Spring 2015, A Tea Review

Guys, I finally think I need to break down and buy a scale. See, I have a project coming up that will require very exact tea measurements, and I do not think my vintage kitchen scale will cut it. I am a very 'free flow' in my tea preparation with eyeballing tea amounts and water amounts, count time out in my head (unless it is more than a minute) the only thing I am strict to is water temperature. So, this is going to be different for me, though not unpleasant, though it will interrupt the flow of my tea ritual, but not in a huge way. Maybe my vintage scale will work, clearly I will need to calibrate it and find out!


Today on the Green Tea Week from Teavivre, we take a look at one of my favorite spring greens (I am going to keep saying that everyday I think) Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea! Good old Yellow Mountain Fur Peak, as it translates of course referencing where it is grown and the appearance of the leaves, this particular harvesting was...harvested...on April 6th, putting it the day after Qing Ming. The aroma of these very pretty leaves is very fresh, very fresh and green indeed, and nutty. So, it starts out with a blend of chestnuts, water chestnuts, and edamame. After that the aroma fades to sweet peas, fresh spinach, and a tiny bit of smoke, like just a very very tiny whiff of smoke.

I decided to bowl steep this tea, it is one of those green teas that take to bowl steeping really well, it like never gets bitter! The aroma of the leaves floating around happily in the water is a nutty blend of sweet peas, edamame, and chestnuts. Subtle with a gentle edge of sweetness. The taste is pretty fantastic, it starts with a nectar sweetness of distant spring flowers (do I detect a hint of tulip?) and moves right along into green with notes of sweet pea, edamame, lima bean, and lettuce. Finishing up with a smooth chestnut and sesame and a lingering honey aftertaste. My bowl was refilled a few times before the flavor faded away to delicate sweetness and no more, not the most lasting of teas, but certainly very delicious.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Amanda,

    As I said on Google+ I have been enjoying this tea since I received it on Monday, unfortunately I have no access to that service here in the office but I just want to add a comment about a scale.

    Few months ago I also took the decision of buying an electronic one and I have never looked back. My little electronic scale was purchased from Amazon and it works beautifully as my favourite type of tea is pu'erh of which types I keep a written diary and therefore I require to weigh the same amount of tea leaves for comparison.

    Hopefully this will help your decision.

    Rui

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    1. Thank you! I have a little electronic scale on my Amazon wish list, I would not be at all surprised if it were the same one, it looks like an excellent little thing. Fiddling around with my kitchen scale, I am pretty sure it is not in as bad of shape as I think...at least when comparing it to the other kitchen scales in the house, they all seem to measure the same, so unless they are all broken it should be good.

      Of course the gadget lover in me wants a fancy scale because it would be so much fun to play with. I just know I would start measuring everything!!

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