Basic Info about this special Tea
From Qiandao Lake, Chun’an Country, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province.
Spring 2018, April 07th picking.
13.90 /50 grams.
C. sinensis cv. Jiukeng Varietal
Temperature (75 degrees celsius)
Brewing Vessel (Big Gaiwan 100ml)
Grams of Leaves ( 5 grams)
Steeping Time ( less than 15 seconds per infusion, increasing by 10 seconds every infusion)
Number of Total Steeps (8)
Aroma of Dry Leaves (sweet corn, nuts, and a little bit of casis or citrus.)
Aroma of Wet Leaves ( fresh grass, boiled vegitables )
Taste Profile ( see paragraphs)
Texture Profile ( thick syrup, medium bite)
Feeling/ Aftertaste ( bitter with some sweetness.)
Attitude Rank: 6 out of 10.
My first impression about this tea was very decent, as the leaves are pretty green and leaves were unbroken. However, we cannot judge the tea by the appearance, as the taste is the most important. I did see some white furry spots on the tea which was a good sign, showing that the tea leaves are not too old. The tea is not pre-qingming which is an important thing to notice especially for Longjing, but let’s not put assumptions. The dry leaves had a very pleasant roasted aroma, which is good. We will see what we can pull out from the taste.
The first infusion is the most important for green tea, as it shows everything. The number one strength I have to put out fo this tea was the aftertaste, as it is very pungent. I felt the tea lingering inside my mouth for around 15 min, which is impressive. The leaves are of quality for sure. The taste of the first infusion is eggy, and very vegital. Notes of broccoli, asparagus, and cooked beans are strong. The important note of chestnuts or very fresh peas are missing, which isn’t a bad thing but better with for Longjing. This is not a pre-qingming so it is understandable, as the price is probably double or triple the original price of this.
The second infusion was similar, except more of the floral notes came in, and tasted much like a Japanese steamed green tea. The oceanic aroma and taste of umami did remind me of Japanese sencha. Thick and rich sweetness in the brew, but also very persistent bitterness. I am using 75 degree water, so I don’t think that is the problem. Very crisp at the throat, almost drying.
The third infusion was much like a continuation of the second infusion, as there was nothing really happening. The thick body and rich aftertaste is persistent. The taste maybe similar to a Anhui green or Zisun.
In conclusion, the tea is a good green tea, but not a good Longjing. I am being as honest as I am able to, and by no means is the tea bad. But, as a tea reviewer, I do believe I have to be fair and without bias to companies and to the teas. This organic Longjing does have a certification on it, and you can view it here. Great green tea however, especially if your looking for a good tasting organic green tea and don’t want to spend too much on it. In a Longjing, I am looking for a spicific aroma of chestnuts and a roasted aroma.
Teavivre, more reviews are coming soon. Stay tuned.