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Chun Mei Green Tea (Zhen Mei)

3 ratings
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Style:Chun Mee
Region:Anhui, China
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This tea's info last updated: Apr. 14, 2012

Commercial Description

When your taste buds want a really refreshing tea, Chun Mei is a perfect choice, and is widely drunk in China during and after meals with strongly flavoured foods. With a very consistent size and shape, TeaVivre's Chun Mee is a grade 1 Chun Mee that has been picked early in the year, before the rainy season sets in, to ensure it has the best taste and a smooth, sweet aftertaste this tea is famed for.

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87 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
(4 reviews) on
Dry Leaf: Has a vegetal aroma slight sweetness to it with a slight smokey aroma.
Wet Leaf:Has a vegetal aroma think maybe boiled spinach.
Liquor: Has a yellowish green broth.
Taste: I get a vegetal flavor with a plum after taste but can even see someone saying smokey. A very slight bitter touch that does leave a slight dryness in the mouth. The broth feels rich or thick in the mouth not watery.
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70 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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I thought this tea was mild and smooth, and it didn't leave a bitter taste in my mouth. Overall I found it refreshing and would recommend it to others who like green tea.
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83 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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This Chun Mee had a subtlety and sweetness that I have never encountered in this type of tea. Dry leaf is very aromatic, typical of this style of tea but more suggesting of sweetness. Like all the teas I received from Teavivre, it smelled extremely fresh.

Compared to other chun mee I've had, this one was sweeter, smoother, and less crisp and tangy. The aroma was grassier, and moderately fruity. Aroma is not quite as complex as Upton's Chun Mee Dao Ming (less of the floral qualities), my favorite tea in this style, but I think this tea is significantly less bitter and tasted fresher. Since my tastes are a bit peculiar, I imagine that most people, especially people who like high-quality green teas, would probably prefer this one. Upton's chun mee's are all more edgy.

Finish is very clean and refreshing.

Brewed western-style, with a teaspoon of leaf, this made two flavorful infusions (3 minutes, and a little over 5). I could imagine if you wanted slightly milder infusions or used a bit more leaf, you could easily do three.

A note, I find chun mee can be particularly unforgiving about brewing temperature, and this one is no exception. Just because this tea was so smooth, I tried inching up the brewing temperature a bit to see what would happen, and, just like other teas in this style, I found it becomes quite harsh. Be careful, I would not go above 180 degrees in steeping this one.
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