Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Verdant Tea
Hearty and rich, this green tea could stand up to any meal, if you could stand to do anything but appreciate its complex flavor. From the Taoist Holy Mountain of Laoshan, the leaves are hand picked and slowly dried over a wood-fired wok. The tea is bean-like, and sweet, with grassy undertones and a thick body.
The aroma of this tea is fantastic. It is as close to what I’d imagine a sun-drenched grassy meadow filled with wildflowers to smell like as any other green tea I’ve ever experienced. I can smell the grassy tones, the crisp sweetness of the air, and the beautiful flowers. It smells fresh. It smells amazing!
The flavor is equally as amazing – and there are some rather unique characteristics about this tea that I don’t often experience with other green teas. The above description is correct: I can taste the bean-like notes there, giving it a rich thickness not only to the texture but to the taste. Unlike some green teas, this doesn’t taste “light.” Nor does it feel light – the body here is smooth, rich and substantial.
It has a mild sweetness with hints of nutty flavor. Far in the distance, I can taste a very subtle roasted tone that compliments the nutty tones nicely. There is also a very distant floral note to this tea that is difficult to pin-point because just as quickly as it appears, it disappears. It is teasing my palate!
This Laoshan Northern Green has an interesting vegetative note that is somewhat grassy and somewhat like steamed spinach. There is even the earthy, savory tone at mid-sip that reminds me of the flavor of steamed spinach.
A very lovely green tea experience is in store for anyone who tries this tea! I highly recommend it.