Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Teavivre: Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea, Same Tea Two Ways

I have a serious case of the grumpies today, woke up in a hellish funk and I am pretty sure it is because for the last couple days the construction site has been in full on beeping mode for HOURS. I am not sure what it is, but something is beeping, loudly...loud enough to creep in my construction grade earplugs, and wake me up earlier than I would like. At least tomorrow is a holiday so I should have a nice sleeping in.

Today I decided to look at Teavivre's Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea both as a hot tea and as a cold steep, because it is summer and I occasionally want cold tea. A brief note on the dry leaves before I get to the two different steeps, they are very fresh and delicious! The aroma is sweet and green, with notes of water chestnut, honeysuckles, and a finish of fresh asparagus and green beans. I find it combines the vegetal green and sweet green really well!

One thing I really like about Teavivre's green tea is it can take the heat, they are quality so that is not a huge surprise, but it is nice to be able to flash steep the tea at 195F and not getting a bitter death pile. It is sweet, like sugarcane, honeysuckles, water chestnuts, and a sesame seed finish. Later steeps bring in the green with snap peas, green beans, and lettuce, combining with the sweet earlier steep notes for a very well balanced tea. Also it goes for many steeps, usually I find green teas putter out early but with the whole hot water and flash steeps it goes for a nice solid eight steeps.

Some days, it is hot, and while green tea is delightfully cooling, sometimes you really want the extra enjoyment of fridge cold. I find green tea cold steeps wonderfully in general and when you have a quality tea it makes it even better! The taste is so refreshing, unlike the hot tea, cold tea is greener with notes of asparagus, bell peppers, green beans, and a slightly sweet chestnut finish that lingers well into the aftertaste. Either cold or hot this tea is delicious and I am sad I have already torn through my sample!

I won a sample of this tea in their spring tea giveaway

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