Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Empire Tea Services
China green tea grown in the misty mountains. Well twisted long leaves, delicate flavor and makes a pale bright cup. One of the best!
It is fun to watch this tea steep. The dry leaves are long and thin, curly and twisted. As the “agony of the tea leaves” commences, I watch these leaves toss and turn in the hot water, slowly opening to reveal tiny, delicate leaves, and producing a gorgeous clear green liquor.
The flavor of this Clouds & Mist green is sweet and vegetative. The vegetative taste is somewhat grassy, and yet I taste notes of vegetables as well. It has a wonderful savory taste to it with hints of spice tones in the background. I can also taste a hint of citrus-y flavor in the background.
This is not your typical “sweet and buttery” green tea, it doesn’t have that buttery, thick mouthfeel that you might experience with a Chinese Sencha. Instead, I consider this to be on the opposite side of the spectrum. The flavor is more savory, as I mentioned previously.
There are sweet tones to this tea, and they are contrasted well with the savory notes. The sweetness arrives at the start of the sip; a sour note that hits about mid-sip; while the bitterness reveals itself briefly just after the sour note washes over the palate..
This is a wonderfully complex green tea that I would recommend to all green tea enthusiasts.
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!
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