REVIEW: What-Cha – Azores ‘Encosta de Bruma’ Premium Green Tea


Tea and origin: Green tea from the Gorreana Tea Estate, Sao Miguel Island, The Azores
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Link to Azores ‘Encosta de Bruma’ Premium Green Tea

In September I reviewed a black Azores tea from the Gorreana Tea Estate, Europe’s oldest tea estate. It was my first Azores tea, and I was quiet impressed. Today I’m reviewing a green tea from the same estate.

Tasting notes:

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of broken and medium-sized twisted leaves. It has a very light sweet aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a dark green liquor with a very light fruity aroma. It is a light-bodied tea that has almost no astringency. The body and the finish of the liquor have a sweet, tree fruit flavour

Infusion tips: Infuse this tea two to three minutes with 85C water. You will get two to three infusions

Conclusions: Judging from the appearance of the dry leaf and the colour of the liquor, I thought this tea might be similar to a Chun Mee, or even a Gunpowder. I was very wrong. This tea is surprising light and sweet. It doesn’t have the astringency of a Chun Mee or the smokiness of  a Gunpowder. For people new to green tea, the lighter flavour of this tea might be a good place to start. It is a solid everyday tea with a budget-friendly price tag. Personally I like something with a bit more body and punch, but I did enjoy the sweet notes in this tea

Retail price: 10 grams for .99p / 50 grams for £3.60 / 100 grams for £6.77


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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