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2018 Mingqian Certified Organic Simao Green Tea (50g)

2018 Mingqian Certified Organic Simao Green Tea (50g)

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August 24th: The small amount I have on hand has almost entirely dissipated and this tea is much sweeter as far as flavor now: fruity and a little floral, still with some caramel in the finish. Really a very nice green tea! Date notes on the finish as well. 

This is a really clean and fresh pre-Qingming green tea from a plantation near Simao in Yunnan that produces top quality, export grade tea. They produce this biluochun-style tea from a modern cultivar used for jinjunmei. Their plantations are at around 1,500 meters elevation, and their tea is fully compliant with EU, Japanese and US organic standards!

When pushed hard with a large volume of leaf, smokey notes from pan frying are present that aren't at all detectable when brewing with saner amounts of leaf. This tea has excellent body and a good, full flavor. I detect hints of canteloupe from this tea, along with the greener, grassier notes and green bean that are common to fresh pan-fried Chinese green tea. The tea is smooth with pronounced sweetness that lingers on the palate. We find the cha qi of this tea extremely powerful, and it almost put us to sleep! We brewed this tea with one heaped teaspoon of dry leaf in a 105ml gaiwan and while mild, it was an extremely pleasant experience. The first infusion was two minutes long and we poured half into gongfucha cups before topping up the gaiwan. We got five or six good infusions this way, which was quite surprising. This tea has excellent longevity and I can drink it in comfort without worrying about pesticides, which is something that is a real concern with Chinese green tea! 

This tea is well worth trying, and I will only keep limited amounts on hand for orders since I want to preserve the polyphenols. I will keep some in sealed bags in the fridge to better protect the polyphenols, since EGCG, EGC and ECG are the main draw for me when drinking green tea, and seem to really help negate the side effects of caffeine for me! 

I ship all of my loose teas in vacuum-sealed bags, so you can store this tea in the fridge in the bags I ship the tea in to minimize deterioration of the flavor and polyphenols. 

Brewing suggestion: One to one and a half teaspoons per 100ml. You can use more leaf if desired, of course. My first infusion is best at two minutes, and I pour off or drink half the tea before topping up with more water. The farm reccomends brewing with water at 95 Celsius and doing a single three-minute infusion, but I used soft water at 75-85 Celsius and brewed this tea in a more conventional manner for Chinese greens, and we enjoyed the experience thoroughly!

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