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2018 Mingqian Certified Organic Guangxi Green Tea (50g)

2018 Mingqian Certified Organic Guangxi Green Tea (50g)

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May 2018: This tea is now over a month from harvest. I will no longer be offering this tea for sale after the last 50g bag sells, since I don't have space in the fridge to store anymore tea! I will instead be offering fresher green tea as it becomes available.

This green tea is grown at high elevation on a farm that is certified organic to Chinese government standards! This is a very clean, and very fresh, green tea, for a much saner price than much of the longjing and even biluochun that is currently on offer from this spring! I decided to take a different approach and go with an organic tea, which is something I've done in the past for my own consumption as well. Chinese greens are often heavily sprayed with pesticides, so organic green teas are always my personal choice when we're talking Chinese greens, and often with Japanese green teas too! I did consider entering the fray with high end, pre-Qingming longjing, but the prices are insane this year and I thought I'd go with the tea I'd actually buy for myself: organic green teas from areas with fewer air pollution concerns!

Guangxi has a long history of tea cultivation, and green tea is also commonly consumed there, along with the liu bao tea many of us are fond of. This green tea was grown at around 1000m altitude on a mountain in Guangxi, in a region with little manufacturing and far fewer pollution concerns than many other parts of China. The current batch I have on hand was packed on March 13th. Guangxi is at almost the same latitude as Hong Kong, and we've had over a month of very warm weather here now, so there has been plenty of time to harvest some lovely green tea!

This tea is predominantly tips and has a lovely covering of fine, downy hairs that you will see in your cup or glass! There is a tiny bit of char in the liquor from pan frying the tea, but this is to be expected!

This tea has green bean-like character and chlorophyll, much like you'd expect from a longjing (but different)! There is pronounced sweetness and huigan here, and even some lovely, balanced bitterness that makes the tea feel full and complete with excellent body! The flavor lingers on the palate, which is always a good sign. I have had three sessions of this tea today and I'm enjoying it thoroughly.

I will not stock this tea in large amounts as I don't see the point in drinking green tea later in the season, unless it is stored refrigerated. I will carry this tea as long as there is interest, and then we can all drink fresh tea next spring! Please note purchasing this tea may add a week to your order as I intend to keep minimal amounts on hand!

Brewing Suggestion: Rinse with room temperature water before brewing if desired. I do! I get 4-5 refills of this tea when drinking halfway down in a gaiwan. I used 1.8g of leaf in a 100ml gaiwan and found that ratio to work well for me, but feel free to use less or more to taste. I used more and actually preferred using less leaf. This tea should be brewed at 75 Celsius for best results. Use water of appropriate hardness and with balanced calcium and magnesium content (10-30 mg/L of calcium and around 2mg/L of magnesium).  I prefer to refill the gaiwan at the halfway point, and don't drink all the way down until the tea is exhausted.

Wholesale pricing is available on this tea! Please contact me for details.

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