China Green Tips Filterbag

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Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Mao Feng Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Zhejiang, China
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:China Green Tips Filterbag

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 8, 2018

Commercial Description

Fine fresh-tasting, spring-harvested green teas from China.

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Reviewer pic79 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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Even though this isn't a Stash tea, it was well stashed—just a couple packets jammed discreetly in the middle of a bunch of bags of Bigelow Green at a conference, and only the first morning. Fortunately I noticed and grabbed them: one for there, one to bring home.

I'm not much for detecting subtleties, and probably missed some here. Regardless, I got the sense this tea has quite a few, especially for a mass-produced bagged tea from a big tea company, and more discriminating tea drinkers than me should enjoy the process of teasing them out. Here were mine. Dry-bag aroma was pleasant, a little minty, a little malty, and a little monetary. By that, I mean it smelled somewhat like freshly printed U.S. paper money. When I was a kid, we got a school tour of the Federal Reserve in Dallas (the one putting the letter K on dollar bills), and were allowed to sniff (but not touch!) a stack of newly printed bills. So I know that scent. In the dry bag, it wasn't intense or offputting, just surprising, yet perhaps fitting for a good *green* tea.

The in-cup and wet-bag aromas lost the smell of cash, but weren't bankrupt by any means. Instead they came across as both toasty and vegetal, somewhat rice-like, and rich, much like a couple of Japanese loose greens I've had. In fact the taste was quite good, and also bore a striking resemblance to a generic bagged green with a little matcha powder that my daughter brought home to me from a 7-11 in Tokyo. Mild bitterness came out in the flavor, but much more in the aftertaste, which also became slightly metallic after a few seconds. That minor weird experience aside, the flavor itself was robust, strong-bodied for a green, and rather like a baked pastry: sweet, malty, toasty, and even a little buttery. Yum. I have no qualms recommending this tea for budget-minded green-teabag drinkers who want something more interesting than the mostly bland store-brand stuff.
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Reviewer pic75 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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The dry tea in the bag is chopped quite fine, but smells really nice. Once the water's added, the aroma of the young tips comes through very clearly, smelling very similar to silver needle white teas.

The first taste is surprisingly sweet with a strong vegetal finish. The flavor is strong even while hot, but there's only a hint of green bitterness. Once the tea cools a little, the tea's complexity comes out. I get notes of clove and camphor. It's not as fruity as I was expecting from the initial aroma. Instead, the vegetal flavor is more pronounced. Rather than being grassy, the flavor is more like raw green beans.

The finish of the warm tea is long and potent, making this an easy tea to savor. Unlike other reviewers, I think this tea compares well to loose leaf greens with a comparable price tag. It certainly beats most anything else from a grocery store.
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Reviewer pic57 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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A decent bagged tea available everywhere (and I mean EVERYWHERE) that Starbucks is served - offices, Barnes & Noble, airports, even the local library - I can get a quick cup of this in a pinch. Vegetal and green - a bit "dry" tasting - so I add sweetener sometimes. (For shame, I know!) I love green teas but this is just average.
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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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The following review is of China Green Tips in a normal tea bag, as opposed to the whole-leaf satchet version.

True to its name, the aroma and the flavor of China Green Tips are indeed similar to the vegetal and fresh qualities of a Zhejiang green tea made from small and vibrant leaves. Apart from its basic characteristics, this tea does not have a lot of complexity, but complexity is not really necessary given the basic style and price-point here. Overall, for tea in a tea bag, China Green Tips is quite authentic.

Note that the infusion for this tea should be done in a controlled and careful way. It is easy to scald the leaves or infuse the tea too much. Some past experience with Chinese green teas is a big help. With that being said, this tea can be really great (for a tea bag tea, that is).
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Reviewer pic57 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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Served in a Starbucks. I was impressed with this for a tea bag, but it really did not compare to the majority of the loose-leaf green tea I buy.

Aroma was a bit muddled, vaguely toasty, fairly vegetal, and with only a hint of grassiness. Warmer, and less crisp and refreshing than I like. I like Zhejiang greens and this was definitely a step up from most Chinese green tea in teabags, but it was step down from even the average loose-leaf green tea I've had from a number of companies

I strongly prefer the newer, full-leaf version of this in sachets, which is now served in Starbucks. It's more expensive but I think it's markedly higher quality.
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Reviewer pic60 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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While not the most gourmet of teas, this tea is very easy to find at most grocery stores and Starbucks in metropolitan US areas.

Overall it has a good flavor, moderate in intensity, and rarely comes out bitter.

I like to brew this is very warm, but not hot water, for about 2.5-3 minutes.
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