Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Peony Tea S.
There are few areas more gorgeous than the UNESCO heritage site- Huangshan where this wonderful green tea is grown.
As you sip on this sweet, delectable green tea, imagine the exhilarating mountain air revitalize you.
Learn more about this tea here.
This tea is really quite lovely. It looks quite a bit like some of the yellow teas that I’ve seen. The leaves and the buds look like miniature, young pea pods. They smell very vegetative, and produce a beautiful, light yellow-green liquor that is so pale it is nearly clear. The aroma of the brewed liquid is very faint compared to that of the dry leaf.
The mouthfeel of this tea is quite unusual. At the start of the sip, I notice a soft silkiness in the texture, and almost immediately I notice a slight astringency near the tip of the tongue. This radiates to the sides of the palate and especially toward the inner cheeks, toward the back of the throat. It is a dry, slightly “twinge-y” sort of sensation that sort of dissipates to make way for a lovely sweetness that is delicate, reminiscent of spun sugar.
The flavor is not so vegetative as I expected it to be, an expectation that I formed based solely on the aroma of the dry leaf. There are some vegetal notes in there, but they are mild and slightly creamy, reminding me of buttered lima beans. While this tea is beautifully sweet, there is a savory sort of element in there as well, and it adds a nice contrast to the sweet, creamy taste of the tea.
This is one of the most unusual green teas I’ve ever encountered. Unusual, but very, very lovely!
I have tried several different teas from Peony Tea S. now and I am incredibly impressed by everything that I’ve tried. The proprietor of this company, Derek, seems to be very passionate about tea and it shows through his vast knowledge of tea. I like that he maintains an online presence in tea communities like Steepster where he shares his knowledge with those that frequent the site, but most of all, I love the teas he offers!
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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