Tea: Ancient Baked Heart Tea

A Green Tea from Wild Tea Qi

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Brand:Wild Tea Qi
Style:Green Tea
Region:Dali, Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
# Ratings:3 View All
Product page:Ancient Baked Heart Tea

Review of Ancient Baked Heart Tea

AromaFlavorValueTotal
8 of 105 of 53 of 583 of 100
ExcellentExcellentReasonable

Every tea I've had from this company has been singular, more of a fascinatingly complex taste experience that warrants attention and a little bit of ceremony than an 'everyday' tea. This one was no different. And like the other green teas I've tried from this company, it stays tasty and interesting for more infusions than I usually get out of green teas - I brewed this one in a gaiwan at 180 degrees, very short infusions, and got five cups out of it, though the last one was starting to turn acrid on me.

The dry leaves had a very slight vegetal smell, which intensified considerably upon brewing and picked up a pungent herbal quality as well, like a much grassier kind of sage or hyssop.

The taste developed and shifted from infusion to infusion, but what stayed constant throughout was a kind of refreshing sourness - tangy would be another word - that makes it a very good 'cooling' and invigorating tea that leaves a very faint but pleasant buzzing sensation in my mouth, similar to the effect of, say, thyme tea.

The early cups brewed a very pale jade and tended to be vegetal and lavendar-like with a more pronounced tang, and later cups turned progressively more golden in color and picked up a grassy flavor.

The experience left me almost giddily invigorated, despite the tea not seeming to have an especially high caffeine content. As I said in the beginning, definitely not an everyday sort of tea, but an impressive one, and very fun to share with others.

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