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Tea Tasting No. 7

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Tea Type: green tea
Tea name: Long Jing
Origin: China, Shi Feng, Xi Hu
Harvest: early spring 2016

Bought at: Tea Drunk, New York City

First impressions: As I mostly do not like Chinese green teas too strong, I prefer to infuse them for only about 1-2 minutes. This way, the tea has a mild and slightly sweet flavor with a hint of a roasty note. I can recommend up to three infusions. 

Overall, I would say it is a nice everyday tea. However, for the price I paid for it, I really expected something a bit more extraodinary. Although Long Jing tea is a very common tea in China, they can still be big difference in quality.

Price: 11 USD for one sample which is enough for one serving only and 43 USD for 28 grams. Also available through their online shop.

Tea Tasting No. 5

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Tea type: green tea
Tea name: Japan Shincha Kirisakura (first flush)
Origin: Japan
Harvest: April 2016

Japan Shincha Kirisakura

Before going into the details, I have to mention the following: Usually I try to avoid buying at tea shop chains like „Teegeschwender“, as I’d rather like to support the local tea shops. Not only is the atmosphere mostly much more authentic, but also the tea shop owners and employees really put all their passion and love into the tea and in selling it. Furthermore, they can mostly give you much more background information on the different teas than in the more anonymous tea shop chains. However, as there are hardly any good choices on tea shops in Münster, I cannot avoid entering Teegeschwender once in a while. Mostly, when I’m out of my Japanese green teas for my mornings and urgently need some higher quality tea.
So I went to Teegeschwender the other day, expecting the regular three choices they have on Sencha tea. But what a surprise! As the green tea harvest in Japan started in April, the first teas of the new season are out. And before the senchas get in, the first month’s pick is actually called Shincha. As it’s the first cut, this tea is much sweater in taste and hardly has any bitterness compared to the Sencha’s that follow.

first infusion

First impression: I love, love, love this tea! The smell of the dry tea leaves is already impressive with its smell of  fresh mangos. Really amazing as that’s the pure and natural fragrance of the tea. The infused tea tastes very fruity and at the same time very mild. I can recommend four steepings and I even tried 6 and the tea was naturally less intense but never tasted astringent and still had a nice hint of sweetness to it. Really one of the best teas I have had in a while.

Tea Tasting No. 4

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Tea type: green tea
Tea name: Sencha Shoike-no-o
Origin: Japan
Bought at: the Ippodo tea shop in NYC. You can also purchase their tea through their website and they do ship international.

first Infusion

First Impression: very nice weedy smell and sweet in flavor. I can recommend three steepings, but not more as the tea then gets astringent even with low water temperatures. 

Compared to the sencha tea I mentioned in my post Tea Tasting No. 2 from the Bellocq Atelier, I prefer this one from Ippodo. To me it seems a little stronger in aroma. However, both teas are of really good quality and fine taste.

Tea Tasting No. 1

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Tea type: Taiping Hou Kui Green tea. I bought this tea at the Nong Cha Tea shop in Brussels which is specialized on Chinese teas.

wet leaves after first infusion

As the name Taiping Hou Kui already suggests, this tea is from the Taiping province in China.First impressions: this tea has a slightly roasty note to it, but very light in flavor. I recommend not more than three infusions with increasingly water temperature.