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Moon Swirl White Tip

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Brand:Imperial Tea Garden
Style:Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Hunan, China
Loose/teabag:Loose
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This tea's info last updated: Dec. 16, 2016

Commercial Description

...The quality of this hand made luxury green tea is evident from the fuzzy white tips that slowly unfurl with each steep. Moon Swirl White Tip is grown at nearly 5000 feet above sea level in the mountains of the Hunan Province. The early spring growth is hand plucked from only the top buds and skillfully rolled by hand. When infused, the grass, wheat, and mild sweetness are well balanced with assertive astringency...

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83 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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A fascinating green tea completely unlike anything I've ever sampled before, although admittedly, it's my first tea from Hunan province so that may explain the novelty for me. The tightly-rolled tea looks almost oolong-like, rather unlike Bi-luo chun or gunpowder green tea, but upon brewing, it unfurls to look more like other tippy spring-harvest Chinese green teas.

Aroma is complex and has strong melon tones and a hint of camphor in the finish, like some Yunnan teas, but without any of the edginess of these teas. Melon character is a little like honeydew but more vegetal, perhaps tending towards cucumber. The vegetal character of this tea reminds me more than a bit of Darjeeling green teas and Darjeeling oolong. This tea is almost like a white tea but with greater depth and body. The aroma is surprisingly delicate though relative to the dark color of the cup.

Flavor is mild but with a somewhat tangy quality that comes through. This tea is almost completely devoid of bitterness and astringency, even when brewed with water just a notch above 180F (although hotter temperatures bring out more of a cooked vegetable quality that I am less a fan of).

The leaves are slow to infuse. I found the first cup, when making a 3 minute infusion, had little grassiness, but this quality came out more in the second cup, which was a bit more typical for a Chinese green tea.

This tea makes me wish I hadn't broken my only gaiwan recently. I think this would be a great tea for people interested in something truly different, especially people who like teas with melon tones. Very good price too for a tea of this quality., especially when buying in bulk.
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