Chun Mee Dao Ming - Organic

This tea has been retired/discontinued. Formerly ZG42.

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Chun Mee
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:China
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 11, 2018

Commercial Description

A refined style of this popular organic green tea. Interesting flavor notes and a full flavor profile. The cup has a zesty brightness and finishes with fruity nuances. New lot.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

2¼ g/cup, 180°F, 3 min.

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Reviewer pic88 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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I was really sad to see this one go; it was my favorite example of a chun mee. Although Upton's Chun Mee moon palace was close, I preferred this one.

This is an outstanding green tea at a very reasonable price, and it's organic to boot! It is unusually strong, bitter, and complex for a chun mee tea, and my favorite tea of this style.

The tea is a rich golden color. The aroma is complex, both strong and subtle, and has some grassy tones, nutty tones, a tiny hint of smokiness, some of the floral qualities I normally only encounter in high-end black teas, and some other aspects that defy words. The tea is quite bitter, but in a pleasant way. At the same time there are some mellow qualities that balance the bitterness.

This is one tea I can drink every day without getting tired of. It holds up well to being brewed at different strengths. Using fewer leaves results in less bitterness but there is still a lot of subtlety and it is never bland. Using more leaves, it's more bitter but never overpowering.

Make sure to brew it at a lower temperature though: Upton recommends 180 degrees. This tea scalds easily if the water is too hot, and the result is sour and astringent and absolutely undrinkable. Lastly, I want to note that these leaves hold up very well to multiple infusions.

This is a must-buy for any green-tea enthusiast looking for something different and reasonably-priced.
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