Mao Feng Green Tea

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Style:Mao Feng Green Tea
Region:Anhui, China
Product page:Mao Feng Green Tea

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Reviewer pic79 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
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I've only chugged one other green tea of the Mao Feng type (a Tazo bagged offering), and enjoyed that, so I figured I'd try a bigger-leaf, sacheted version. This is one of the best green teas I've had, lots of personality, and mostly worth the slight premium one pays when shoveling a stack of bills across the counter for 15 sachets at a 20-bag premium tea price. Alas, "shrinkflation" is a real phenomenon these days.

The dry aroma was promising: somewhat like freshly baked bread, a little vegetal, and somewhat like toasted rice. Promise kept! The taste was similar, but adding a bit of a grassy layer, and surprisingly, a noticeable savory element. If one added salt and some chicken broth to this, instead of sugar or sweetener, it might make a good soup. In fact, I'd rank this near the top for sheer richness for green tea. The flavor is not delicate at all, but bold and yet somewhat complex. It's one of those teas you can mouth-swirl and detect some changes before gulping down. It also seems to tolerate some oversteeping fairly well, perhaps because of its leafy character (as opposed to the more finely chopped stuff that goes into bags). That tells me it might tolerate second steeps, which I don't tend to do. Teapigs doesn't skimp on quantity either; the wet sachet is mostly swollen full, and smells faint but nice.
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