REVIEW: Min River Tea – 2014 Huangshan Mao Feng by Fu Tai Yuan

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Tea and origin: Green tea from Huangshan, Anhui Province, China. Tea made by tea masters from the Fu Tai Yuan farm. Harvested on 12 April 2014
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Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of full leaves that range in colour from light to dark green and have a sweet, tart fruit aroma. Once the leaves hit warmed crockery, the sweet aroma becomes more pronounced, and I also detect some vanilla notes

Infused tea: For the first infusion, the tea cups out a translucent liquor. The liquor is very light-bodied, and has a sweet flavour with some vegetal and vanilla undertones. It has a dry, crisp finish that settles in the throat. The second through fourth infusions cup out a slightly darker liquor: it is still quite clear, but it now has a green tinge. The flavour of the tea is still sweet with vegetal undertones, and I still detect hints of vanilla in infusions two and four. Although it is still a light-bodied tea, the liquor has more substance and the finish isn’t as dry as in the first infusion

Infusion tips: I made this tea gong fu style with five grams of tea and 150ml of water at 85C. I infused the tea four times with the following infusion times: 30 seconds, one minute, one and half minutes and two minutes

Conclusions: The complexity of this tea was a pleasure to experience. From infusion to infusion, the aroma, body and flavour changed, thus making it a difficult tea to describe with great detail. In my opinion, it has many Dragon Well-like characteristics, but I could see how it would appeal to anyone who likes Chinese teas such as Tai Ping Hou Kui or Ding Gu Da Fang

Retail price: 100 grams for £18.00

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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 teaxplorer@gmail.com 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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