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2019 Mingqian Certified Organic Guangxi Green Tea (50g)

2019 Mingqian Certified Organic Guangxi Green Tea (50g)

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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 19th. 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!

The 2019 version is even better than the 2018 version, so if you enjoyed this tea last year, don't miss your chance to try this year's version! Organic soil improves over time if well cared for, and apparently this estate is doing things right!

The dry leaf smells sweet and malty. This tea has light green bean-like character and chlorophyll, much like you'd expect from a longjing (but much lighter): caramel/malt notes dominate in the liquor! I also detected tropical fruit and medjool date. I noticed mouth cooling and mint notes, which I didn't detect in 2018, and there is some cantaloupe in the finish. There is pronounced sweetness and huigan here. The umami from this tea is seriously intense, so if you enjoy umami from your greens, this is a great tea to try! 

I tried this tea several times, and even detected some marine notes at one point: just a hint of seaweed at the bottom of the cup. THe polyphenol hit from this tea is consistently powerfully calming, which is what I hope for from fresh green tea.

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 two pinches (around two heaped teaspoons) in a 150ml 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 80 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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