Organic Hangzhou Tian Mu Qing Ding Green Tea - Organic
...By the combination of traditional manual craft and modern methods, the Organic Tian Mu Qing Ding Green Tea has the advantages of both organic tea and superior teas. It is suitable for organic tea lovers as well as clean green tea lovers.
Ratings & Reviews
Page 1 of 1 page with 5 reviewsMy first impression of this tea reminds me of a mild dragonwell. It has a very light liquor (almost clear) while somehow still having a full mouth of flavor and a wonderfully pleasant aroma. The taste is very vegetal, and reminds me of cut grass with perhaps a hint of spinach. The taste is light, refreshing, and cooling. It's a great summertime tea. The taste starts off sweet and ends with a slight astringency in the finish. There is also some undertones of savoriness throughout the cup. Excellent overall.
I thought this tea was really good. The smell of the dried leaf was fresh and grassy, and the taste of the tea was equally fresh. At first, I didn't think it was terribly outstanding, until I had a second cup- I was impressed that the second brew was just as good as the first!
Alex Zorach (1285 reviews) on Mar. 7th, 2013
The dry leaf consists of long, extremely straight, narrow leaves, and is intensely aromatic. The aroma is among the most complex of any dry tea I've ever encountered: suggestive of sweetness, grassy, toasty, with strong nutty undertones, and a hint of smokiness. Reminiscent of dragon well, but also reminiscent of other high-quality Zhejiang teas.
TeaVivre's brewing instructions give a temperature that seemed on the high end for green tea: 194F. I found I preferred 180F. They recommended a 1-2 minute steeping and I found I preferred 3. I found very little leaf was necessary to produce a flavorful cup.
The brewed cup is extremely clear in color and pale, but retains a complex aroma. Some skunky tones emerge, which were absent in the dry leaf. Aroma is herbaceous. Finish is slightly smoky. Thinner-bodied, but with a very pleasant bitterness...almost metallic, but not in a bad way. A faint astringency in the finish, which I find pleasing.
Very refreshing, cooling.
I tried brewing at a higher temperature, like recommended (not quite boiling but closer), and I found that the aroma was the same but the metallic flavor or sensation in the cup was somewhat magnified, and the cup was more sour as well, a quality I dislike, so I preferred a lower temperature.
Easily brews a second infusion, but the second infusion has a less complex aroma. I brewed longer to extract more flavor. It was still very pleasant, but not quite as mind-blowing as the first cup.
I found I was able to make multiple infusions if I kept the first infusion very brief. I found this brought out delicate orchid tones in the aroma, but the overall character of the cup was less exciting.
This tea is priced in a medium range, neither cheap nor expensive. But I think it is quite a deal, given how flavorful the leaf is. Definitely my favorite tea from TeaVivre yet, and among my favorite green teas ever sampled.
I found this tea to be more bitter than most green teas with somewhat of a nutty flavor, with an aroma that matched. I steeped it for about 2 minutes--maybe it was a little too long.
I notice that a lot of people who review teas use this turn of phrase "everyday tea", which I take to mean something unfussy and satisfying that you can happily drink on a regular basis. This tea had that quality for me.
The instructions say to brew it a little hotter and shorter than I'm used to with green teas - about 194F for 1-2 minutes - but I found that a little difference in termprature and steep time doesn't have a radical effect on the final outcome, so long as you're grossly in the right ballpark. Again, this tea doesn't strike me as fussy.
The leaves are long and flat, and neither the leaf nor the brewed cup has a strong aroma to me (the brewed leaves smelled strongly of bitter vegetables), and the resulting liquor is an exceedingly pale gold.
The taste is lovely. It's mild and sweet with a surprising, juicy-tart aftertaste. One way of putting it is that I've never been able to like dragonwell teas - no matter what I do or how I brew them, they always taste unpleasantly metallic to me. This tea, however, tastes to me something like what people tell me dragonwells are supposed to taste like.
Considering that it's also inexpensive for an organic tea, I could see myself drinking this as an afternoon break quite often. It's mild, cooling, calming, sweet, and forgiving to imprecise brewers. What's not to love?
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