– Tea: Single estate green tea from the Anhui region in China.
– Sample provided by: LuLin Teas.
– Retail price: £8.80 for a 50 gram caddy / £16.00 for a 100 gram caddy.
– Link to Mao Feng tea on LuLin website.
This tea made a strong first impression when I opened the packet and a subtle floral smell wafted from the dry leaf. The appearance of the dry tea is predominately leafy, with a few smaller bits. I expected the tea to look much more wiry because its alternative name is Hairy Peak Tea. Nonetheless, I still found the dry leaf attractive with its flat, long shape.
For the first infusion, I diligently followed LuLin’s instructions and steeped the tea with 75C degree water for 2.5 minutes (they suggest anywhere from 2 to 4 minutes). This infusion produced an extremely pale liquor – not much darker than my white cup – and I instantly thought I had stuffed up the batch by not adding enough tea to the pot. I was totally wrong. The liquor had a lovely sweet and floral taste, but for the next infusion I wanted to try increasing the steeping time for a stronger flavour and darker cup colour. For the second and third infusions, I steeped the tea 3.5 and 4 minutes respectively, which definitely found the sweet spot of the tea. With each infusion, the sweetness and floralness of the tea did not abate. The flavour of the tea stayed smooth and light. Surprisingly, though, the second and third infusions did not darken the cup colour.
I think this tea offers a cuppa that would appeal to any green tea lovers, and to people who like lightly oxidised oolongs with floral characteristics. The brewed tea leaves a lovely aftertaste that coats the palate and is energising. I find its sweetness and floralness an ideal healthy substitute for my mid-afternoon craving for cake and biscuits.
My review: 4.25/5