Tea: Emerald Green

A Green Tea from The Tao of Tea - O Organic

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Brand:The Tao of Tea
Style:Green Tea
Region:Zhejiang, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
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Product page:Emerald Green

Review of Emerald Green

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6 of 104 of 55 of 580 of 100
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Also known as "San Bei Xiang" or "Three Cups" because of the different fragrances this tea provides with each infusion. I'm a little confused about the origin because the website says it is from Ningde in Fujian province but the tin I bought says it is from Zhejiang province. Perhaps Tao of Tea switched locations it sources from recently? This is tea is very similar to the Jade Cloud tea from Tao of Tea but is less pronounced in its' aroma and not as delicate tasting. It is more astringent and less "buttery" than its' Tao of Tea cousin as well. It has a nutty flavor with a good but slightly astringent pine aftertaste. I don't mind a little astringency so this suits me just fine. It is a good tea on the whole and I will have no problem finishing the tin. I'm also looking forward to experimenting with different steeping times. So, far I brewed it western style 175°F for 4 min using about 1 teaspoon to 12 oz. If I have a complaint, it is basically the same complaint I have with all Tao of Tea purchases. The packaging doesn't go far enough to keep the tea fresh. I appreciate the fact that they have an expiration date and a lot of information about the sourcing location of the tea. I just would prefer the tea be in a better container that is more airtight. Perhaps a bag within a tin would be a big improvement? I'm giving this tea a high rating for value because it was only $9.99 for a 3 oz tin. That is a great deal for a good quality organic green like this.

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Comments:

Alex Zorach wrote:
on March 20th, 2017

Getting clear information about the origin of some of these teas can be a bit of a mystery...I run into inconsistent information all the time and spend a fair amount of time corresponding with tea companies to verify that I've listed things correctly, so this is a perennial problem we deal with!

I know what you mean about tins alone not always keeping tea fresh. I find this especially true for larger tins, when they get towards the end of them...there's a lot of air inside that the tea gets exposed to, so opening and closing the tin repeatedly makes a lot of aroma leave. I usually like to keep my tea in a bag within a tin, usually clipping the bag with a binder clip, or sealing it if it's a zip-lock type bag. I tend to get tons of tea samples so I often have a lot of extra bags like this sitting around. I also, of course, have way too many tins...

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