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Last Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

About Young Hyson

Loose-leaf green tea with gray-green appearance, somewhat curly shape, on white backgroundOrganic Tender Tip Country Green (Organic Chunmee Green) from Foojoy, Photo © Alex Zorach, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Young hyson, sometimes called lucky dragon tea, is a style of green tea. Hyson tea originated in China in Anhui province. Young hyson is hyson tea that is harvested earlier in the season. According to Babelcarp, the name "Hyson" is a corruption of Xi Chun(熙春), which translates to splendid springtime.

The name "young hyson" is sometimes used interchangeably with chun mee. Chun mee is the highest and most well-known grade of young hyson. The lower grades of young hyson tea, as well as the other types of hyson tea besides young hyson, are infrequently available under their own name in the U.S. market: when they are sold or used in blends, they tend not to be identified.

Young hyson and chun mee are now produced in many Chinese provinces other than Anhui, and are even produced outside of China.

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Young Hyson from De Theefabriek

Style: Young Hyson – Region: China
Jun. 7th, 2017

It smells nice enough, but not that special. It tastes great, though. A very strong flavour. If I use too little leaf, it doesn't really have that intensity that I love about this, but if I use too much it easily gets too bitter.
It's a great everyday green tea, but I don't worry too much about running out. I like thi...

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69 / 100
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Chun Mee from Harney and Sons

Style: Chun Mee – Region: China
Apr. 5th, 2017

Enjoyable but not amazing, not really standing out much among this style of tea. Smoother and less acidic than the norm for chun mee, but also perhaps a bit more boring too.

The dry leaf has a dusty vegetal aroma, slightly smoky, with a few sweet notes, kind of what I'd expect from this type of tea.

Brewed, this...

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70 / 100
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Young Hyson from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Young Hyson – Region: China
Dec. 15th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is mild with notes of artichoke, citrus, and grapes. The brewed tea is more like vegetation than vegetal and the liquid is very mild with delicate vegetation notes.

The taste is nothing spectacular, it is not a bad tea but it does not make me jump for joy. Mixing mild vegetal, bitter greens, a...

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73 / 100
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This was my first loose tea from Foojoy, and I was rather pleased. A good solid green that is both inexpensive and has good flavor. Although I had seen Foojoy loose teas in their tins at my local Asian market, I had never tried any since I was not ready to take a chance on about $9.50 for 8 ounces; a very good price, b...

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67 / 100
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Chun Mee Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Chun Mee – Region: China
Apr. 24th, 2013

A classic chun mee, pretty much what I'd expect for this type of tea.

Somewhat broken leaf, with a strong refreshing aroma, brews a dark cup. Dry leaf is very aromatic, smelling herbaceous and almost minty.

Aroma of the brewed cup is suggestive of gingerbread and fresh herbs. This tea is tangy, but it's not the...

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Chun Mei Green Tea (Zhen Mei)

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Chun Mee
Region:Huangshan, Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
78
3 Ratings
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Organic Tender Tip Country Green (Organic Chunmee Green)

Brand:Foojoy
Style:Chun Mee
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Chun Mee Dao Ming

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Chun Mee
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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China Chun Mee

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Chun Mee
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Chun Mee

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Chun Mee
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

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Chun Mei Green Tea (Zhen Mei)

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Chun Mee
Region:Huangshan, Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
78
3 Ratings

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