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.