Fall days and tea choices
Fall days for me are the hardest. Cool mornings, hot afternoons, chilly evenings, or just the opposite, sunny mornings, blustery afternoons and mild evenings. Sometimes from one day to the next you're not sure what nature is intending for us. Its during these times that I find my tea tastes all over the map. This morning I'm starting with a fresh sweet green tea "Pre-Qing Ming Anxi Bai Pian" These are some of my first impressions of this tea from this spring but they're worth re-visiting, just like the brew itself!
This is a superlative grade and exceeded my expectations for freshness. If you’ve never tried fresh green tea, this is what you want to base the standard of all fresh green teas against. Of course each tea will taste differently,but what I’m talking about is that “life”quality kind of freshness –as compared to dull,stale or just old –this tea is FRESH. Just check out how green this tea is –a lot of that has to do with a super high chlorophyll count.
This tea's taste is of a tangy, sweet, lemon-lime and sweet-grass flavor –it gently pulls the inside of your cheeks into a soft pucker. I am very much looking forward to making a cold steeping of this tea and having a chilled glass of it on my porch in July. Sugarcane notes hang high on the palate and as the steepings continue –this tea gives 4 steepings – the color of the brew deepens and the flavor shows more depth of character. The flavor of this tea was not strong,or overwhelming, but, like the sign of a high quality tea, the flavor lingered in my mouth for a good 45 minutes. Delicious!
Check out the green tea selection here: http://www.redcircletea.com/redcircleteas/green/redcircleteas_green.html