In the past, I have reviewed a few teas from Simple Loose Leaf’s tea subscription service. However, since then, their subscription service has changed. From design to structure, I’m excited to review a tea from this new and improved service. In a lovely presented box, they have provided larger quantity of teas for their May box. Instead of 5 teas at 7 grams each, there is now 4 teas at 10 grams each. I enjoy this better because sometimes too many teas at once feels overwhelming and I really like to be able to give full focus to one tea at a time. In addition, if there is a tea I really love, I’m definitely happy to have more of it! Another neat addition is that Simple Loose Leaf has also included 4 packets of organic cane sugar. While I don’t typically sweeten my teas, I will be giving it a try in some black teas.
Ingredients:Chinese Green Tea
Steep Time: 2 minutes
First Sip Thought: “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”
Smell: With vibrant colours, the aroma of this tea is just as enchanting. Quite grassy with subtle hints of smokiness. The spiral rolled leaves unfurl beautifully leaving a light golden liquor.
Taste: I decided to review this tea from Simple Loose Leaf’s May Tea Box because I consider it to be my favourite out of the four provided. Out of all the green teas I have tried, I think this may be in my list of top 3 favourites. It actually reminds me more of a white tea than green. Which leads me to think this would be a great green tea for beginners. As a very crisp brew, this Chinese Jade green tea never fails to satisfy. The first few sips were quite grassy, changing to a nice smoky, nutty flavour. With those two flavours, chestnuts roasting is the perfect description I can think of. Each infusion brings out a more intense chestnut finish that blends wonderfully with the vegetal flavours. I think I’m going to use this tea for the green tea vinegar recipe in Annelies’ Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea cookbook. It calls for Dragonwell but the smoky qualities of this tea tells me I just may enjoy this more!
We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes the last two in the series of Chinese green teas: “Green Tea: Dragon Well (Longjing or Lung Ching)” and “Green Tea: Biluochun”. We have added a link to the end of each … Continue reading
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