Today I have the pleasure of reviewing three teas available at Yeh Tea, an Amsterdam-based company. Yeh Tea carries a large selection of green, black, white, blended and herbal organic teas, as well as tea accessories. Yeh Tea ships worldwide.
Read on to see what I think about Yeh Tea’s Bi Luo Chun, Gyokuro and Yunnan.
Bi Luo Chun comes from Jiangsu province, China. The dry leaf is a mix of dark green leaves and lighter coloured leaves that are covered with white hairs. It cups out a light green liquor with a sweet aroma and some vegetal undertones. The liquor is smooth, and it has sweet, plum-like flavours. Bi Luo Chun has a thick mouthfeel that gives it a long-lasting aftertaste.
Infusion method: Use 80 to 85C water for 1.5 to 2 minutes. Infuse two to three times.
Retail price: 25 grams for 11.95€ / 80 grams for 29.95€
The dry leaf of Gyokuro has a sweet aroma and is a mix of full and medium-sized leaves. Gyokuro cups out a light green liquor that has a grassy aroma with sweet undertones. The flavours in the liquor are both salty and sweet, and it has a moderate amount astringency.
Infusion method: Use 65 to 70C water for 1.5 to 2 minutes. Infuse two to three times.
Retail price: 50 grams for 16.95€ / 120 grams for 34.95€
The dry leaf of Yunnan consists of full and medium-sized leaves. It has a scattering of golden tips throughout the dry leaf. Yunnan cups out a copper-coloured liquor that has classic Yunnan flavours: it has sweet, caramel-like notes and is a bit malty. Although the tea cups out a bold liquor (medium to full body), it only has a mild amount of astringency.
Infusion method: Use 90 to 95C water for 1.5 to 3 minutes. Infuse two to three times.
Retail price: 30 grams for 5.95€ / 100 grams for 9.95€
I enjoyed the diversity amongst these three teas. Gyokuro has good balance between salty and sweet flavours. It has less umami flavour than many gyokuro teas that I’ve tried, but its sweeter edge might appeal to those who want less saltiness. Yunnan is a great tea for everyday drinking. It is loaded with flavour and body, which makes it great for mornings, or with a sweet treat in the afternoon. Bi Luo Chun is my favourite of the three teas. It is a sweet, bright tea that I could drink cup after cup throughout the day and not grow tired of.
One other thing I should note is Yeh Tea’s packing. The round tins with screw top lids not only look nice, but they seal very well and keep the tea fresh. Each tea has its own unique design, and it has infusion instructions on the bottom of the tin.