Tea: Chun Mee (Moon Palace)

A Chun Mee from Upton Tea Imports - O Organic

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Chun Mee
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
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Product page:Chun Mee (Moon Palace)

Review of Chun Mee (Moon Palace)

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This tea got my attention with the first sip--another chun mee of unusual quality, like rodents of unusual size. Similar to ZG42 (Chun mee dao ming) in how inexpensive it is relative to its quality, but very different in character.

The aroma is very complex: significantly grassier than any other Chun Mee I've tried, yet with that same cool quality. Rich in floral tones as well. This is a much smoother tea than ZG42...much less bitterness, and also less acidity (although still some as you'd expect from this style). Sweeter too...by far the sweetest chun mee I've tried.

Upton's brewing instructions worked well for me. I tried a second infusion of 5 minutes, and although it was significantly thinner, what was left in the aroma was very fresh and pleasant, mostly vegetal tones like celery and a hint of spiciness. The grassiness and floral tones were completely gone. A little bland but not bad.

I prefer ZG42 because I like its stronger bitterness, but I suspect that many people would prefer this tea--especially people who are a fan of dragon well and/or like smoother green teas.

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