Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: auraTeas
Origin: Mingjian, Nantou,Taiwan 名間.南投.台灣
Style: None oxidized, light roasted, medium bodied, light floral aroma
Loose leaf style: Half ball
Loose leaf color: Dark green
Wet leaf style: Dark green
tea color: Golden green
This half ball shaped Formosa Mingjian Green Tea looks like Dongding Oolong, while maintains its none-fermented characteristics. It is lightly roasted (fired) to produce the distinct floral aroma. The tea is golden green in color, smooth and slightly sweet in taste. This is a great try as roasted Green Tea.
When I first saw the dry leaf of this tea, I thought it was an Oolong. It definitely looks like a greener Oolong with its tightly wound leaves.
The flavor is very much like a fine quality green tea, though. Lightly vegetative and beautifully mellow, with hints of flower and fruit weaving in and out of the sip. The light roasting of this tea adds definition to these qualities. I love the delicate sweetness to this cup. It is a soft, light-bodied tea that is very refreshing.
Toward the end of the sip, I notice a slightly tangy, citrus-y characteristic that finishes sweet. There is very little astringency to this tea, and no bitterness (but don’t steep it at too high a temperature). It makes a great afternoon pick-me-up. A beautiful tea, indeed!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!