Happy Sunday everyone! I hope it finds you in great health and spirit.
This morning I decided to break open the sample package of Sun Dried Jingshan Green from Verdant Tea. I've had it in the past and remember how great this green tea was. Once again I wasn't disappointed.
The dry tea leaves are gorgerous. Small, delicate and beautifully curved. The aroma of the dry leaves is flowery and vegetal.
For my first steep I placed about 3.5 grams in 79°C water for about 1 minute. The tea turned out light cool green colour with a wonderful vegetal aroma and a smooth sweet complex taste. Although it was not astringent, there was a hint of it in the back of my tongue, something that I'm always happy to experience. This tea has a lot of body and it's one of my favourite green teas after Dragonwell. It is somehow very different from Dragonwell and I'm not sure what makes it so, but it is all in a good way.
Currently I'm on my second steep and it is just as delicious as the first. It took a bit longer to get the desired effect, about 3 minutes to be exact but that's expected since I did not use a lot of tea leaves. The tea lost most of its vegetal aroma but held up the complex taste and the ever so slight astringency which once again tickled the back of my tongue.
I only have enough in the sample for one more fresh steep which I find a little sad especially that I checked the Verdant Tea website and this is out of stock temporarily. Hopefully they'll get some more soon and I'll be able to restock.
It's sunny but cold outside and I'm having a pyjama day. Together with the buzzing fireplace and the hot tea in my hand, there is nothing else I would rather be. Except maybe in the little hut in the woods... but still with the hot tea and the buzzing fireplace for company... and my cat.
Cheers my friends.